I Was Surprised at How Many Un-Churched People Committed to Read the New Testament in 8 Weeks!
As a lead pastor, I have led my team to try many different things to connect with un-churched people. I am pleased to tell you about something we tried as an unusual follow up to a large Sunday outreach initiative. During the service we asked all our guests to join a “Bible Book Club” where they would read the whole New Testament in 8 weeks. It defied common wisdom to start an outreach initiative there. It would be too much, too fast! Plus, it was a big ask!
But people’s response surprised us: about 30 percent of all our Sunday guests signed up!
Then, for the next 8 weeks, these guests and others committed to give 30 minutes a day to read or listen to the entire New Testament and join a weekly group to talk about what they were learning.
This experience is called “Immerse” and it’s an 8-week immersion into the New Testament.
Want to hear more?
We invite you to join a free webinar this coming Thursday, May 24th at 3PM CST to learn about this great disciple-making program. My guests are Paul Caminiti and Glenn Paauwi from the Institute for Bible Reading and the creators of Immerse: The Bible Reading Experience.
We are going to discuss a disciple-making outreach that you can use based upon the value of “reading big” in community. Other Pastors also report this simplified approach as being one of the most transformational disciple-making tools their church has ever used.
Written by Bobby Harrington
Bobby Harrington is the Executive Director of Discipleship.org, a national platform, conference, and ministry that advocates for Jesus’ style of disciple making. He is the founding and lead pastor of Harpeth Christian Church (by the Harpeth River, just outside of Nashville, TN). He has a Doctor of Ministry degree in consulting and has spent years as a coach to church planters and senior pastors. He is the author of several books on discipleship, including DiscipleShift (with Jim Putman and Robert Coleman) and The Disciple Maker’s Handbook (with Josh Patrick).
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