We’ve got a church in Park Slope, Brooklyn, that has really fallen on hard times. A few months ago, [it] had nine members. And so one of our pastors actually agreed to become the pastor of that church. He came to me the other day and said, “George, don’t pray that people come to Park Slope Community Church. Pray that they trust us. Because if they trust us, they’ll be open to hearing about the gospel and who Jesus Christ really is.”
So, what he’s begun to do is network the community — banks, coffee shops, bagel stores, diners.
And the other day they had an event called “Serve the Servers.” They invited people in the community who serve the public — waitresses, bank tellers, people like that — to come to Park Slope for a banquet. “We want to say thank you, to you, for serving us all these years.” They had a tremendous response to that. And so, by meeting needs and acknowledging their service to the community, this has opened up their hearts to the gospel.
One of the people who came, in her previous life [she] was a volleyball instructor. So, now they are setting up volleyball leagues in the church that happens to have a gym, and she’s going to be the one who leads those volleyball clinics.
The other day at their new members orientation, they had 28 people. So they have gone from nine to somewhere in the 60s, with 28 new members just in about one year, because their posture is, “We are here to serve the community, to kind of earn credibility, kind of build trust.”
And that’s when people want to know why you are doing what you’re doing and gives you the open doors to share the gospel.