How many times have you ordered material that you thought would work great in your church only to have it fall flat? As those of us who minister in New England we have found that very often programs that work well in other parts of the country do not seem to work as well here. We want this section to be a place where you can come and find ideas that have worked here in our District. We invite you to share with us programs that have worked for you and we will post here so others can benefit from your experience. Also, if you have tried something that did not work, we would like you to share that with us also. While it may seem embarassing, you may be able to help others from making the same mistake.
Here are a couple of programs that have worked in our churches.
“The Way of the Master” by Ray Comfort and Kirk Cameron. Used by Rev. Philip Morgan, First A/G, Brookfield, CT
This is an 8 week course shows people how they can talk to their friends about the Lord in a way like they never would have before. It encourages people out of their comfort zone and instructs them how to get around the head (the place of argument) to the heart (the place of conscience). Philip says, “My people are crazy for evangelism now. We did this study on Sunday nights and it has launched outreaches in New York City and even foreign mission trips.” His eyes twinkled as he spoke of the increased success of their evangelism efforts at a local fair. There is an additional 8 week module available. This is based on a TV series of the same name that won the National Religious Broadcaster’s award in 2005 and 2006, and the People’s Choice Award in 2004-2006. See www.wayofthemaster.com for more information.
“Financial PeaceUniversity” by Dave Ramsey. Recommended by Rev. Randal Ackland, Cornerstone A/G, Oxford, CT
This is a 13 week program to inform and inspire everyone about finances. Everyone from the geek who has a color-coded budget to the free-spirit who has out of control spending will learn solid Biblical principles of handling money, getting out of debt, and investing – all with the goal of becoming more generous. Dave notes that 7 out of 10 parishioners are living paycheck to paycheck, and many are in drowning in a sea of debt. His records show that the average couple will dump $2,700 worth of debt in the 13 weeks alone. Randal says, “We had 35 family units attend the class on a Tuesday night with over half being from outside our church. It turned out to be a great practical outreach to our community. It was as if these people were just waiting to get help and talk to someone about their finances.” The very funny and popular Dave Ramsey hosts a daily radio and television program on Fox Business News Network. See www.daveramsey.com for more information.