March/April 2011: Outreach Resources of the Year




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What’s featured in the March/April 2011 Outreach?

8th Annual Outreach Resources of the Year
The best in evangelism, apologetics, church multiplication and more!

Each year, we have the privilege of offering well-deserved praise and a pat on the back to the best outreach-oriented resources, but the annual Outreach Resources of the Year is much more than that.
 It is a sampling of resources that can inspire, encourage or provide practical guidance to you as you engage in ministry endeavors ranging from leading a church of any size to striving for justice and compassion for the less fortunate in a variety of contexts. More information about the Resource of the Year process, judges, titles » This year’s best outreach resources are grouped into 12 categories, covering a broad range of issues (listed below).

  • Evangelism
  • Apologetics
  • Cross-Cultural Ministry
  • Leadership
  • Church Multiplication
  • Compassion
  • Justice
  • Missional Living
  • Culture
  • Small Groups
  • Pass-Along
  • Children

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Additional Resources: Books, apps, online and new media

Is the Message Getting Through? Communications tactics for small churches (and larger congregations, too)

Philip Yancey: Grace at the Edges Looking for answers in life’s toughest experiences. The Outreach Interview




PulseOUTREACH TODAY: Affordable Gulf Coast Apartments, Wild-Game Dinner for Men, Volunteers for Mercy Monday, Incarnational Communities, Compassion for Guatemala, Refugee Ministry, Free Eye Exams for Kids, Media Fast to Help the Poor, Adopt-A-Senior, Transportation Ministry; Don Schoendorfer (Soulfires), and more

IdeasFOR ANY CHURCH, ANY SIZE: A Gathering Place for a Communitywide Playdate, Reaching Families With Children (Small Church, Big Idea); Honored Guests at Elevation Church(Connections); Unconditional Life, Introduction to Grace (New Life); Church Planters’ Top 7 Challenges (Exponential Church); and more

VoicesFROM OUTSIDE THE CHURCH: Comments and Perspectives; Michael Bernard Beckwith (My Life, So Far); An Unchurched Person Reports on an Unannounced Visit to a Local Church (Mystery Visitor); What Kind of Religious Leaders Do You Respect? (The Question)






Ed StetzerED STETZERAs I See It: As president and missiologist-in-residence for LifeWay Research, Ed Stetzer is in a unique position to observe the American church and comment on trends in outreach. More »


Dan KimballDAN KIMBALL—Church on Mission: Santa Cruz, Calif., pastor and author Dan Kimball gives us a look at emerging generations and offers his thoughts on outreach and evangelism in a new world. More »

Brad PowellBRAD POWELL—Leading Change: Pastor and author Brad Powell offers his experience and insights to help churches realize their full potential and guide pastors through all types of church transitions. More »

Mark DeYmazMARK DEYMAZ—Ethnic Blends: Pastor and author Mark DeYmaz urges churches to embrace multiethnic ministry not just for the sake of racial reconciliation, but because that is what the church is called to be. More »


Bobby GruenewaldBOBBY GRUENEWALD—Innovate: pastor, innovation leader Bobby Gruenewald scans the cultural horizon and calls the church to a creative and relevant response.



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James P. Long
James P. Long

James P. Long is the editor of Outreach magazine and is the author of a number of books, including Why Is God Silent When We Need Him the Most?