COMMUNITY OUTREACH OR SUMMER SLUMP
Once again Pastor Jason Murphy and church members have demonstrated that you can reach your community for Christ, even in the summer slump, if you are determined to do so. Below are some pictures and comments by Pastor Murphy.
“Praise God for a great day at Open Door. Last Sunday we had our annual “Freedom Celebration.” It was such a blessing to see our church work together to reach the community. These are some of the benefits I see by having community outreaches in a local church.
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1. It involves our members in inviting their lost friends, relatives, coworkers and neighbors.
2. It gives them a chance to serve in multiple capacities: Set up, clean up, manning a booth, cooking food or simply running the visitor booth.
3. They get involved in praying for the lost
4. It helps the church to not grow inward and become complacent
5. It helps develop a spirit of unity for the body as they serve together with one goal in mind. To bring honor and Glory to Jesus Christ and to fulfill our Biblical command of reaching the lost.
By God’s grace last Sunday we had just over 700 in attendance 240 first time visitors 7 professions of faith. Now, we as a church have the opportunity to follow up and these souls God has brought us into contact with.”
Pastor Ken Blue was born in Boswell, Ark. In 1955 he accepted Christ as his Savior. He and his wife Joyce were married in 1955. They have 5 children. He graduated from Midwestern Baptist Bible College in 1969 and started the Open Door Baptist Church in Lynnwood, Wa. where he pastored for 39 years. Because of health issues (ALS) he was forced to resign as pastor. It is his desire to continue to be used of God to help pastors and believers through this ministry.
allen rel says
Pastor Blue, you and your wife are in our prayers!!! You have built and amazing empire and legacy!! Thank GOD from the days when you first saved my dad and mom (back in the hall), to building the church that was your office- and the monday nights working on the building- I truly will be forever grateful for GODS plan of bringing us together!!!! Don’t ever stop reaching out to those of us that need you saved and not- GOD is still working through you!!! God bless Allen and Kara Rel
Ken Blue says
Allen, it is great to hear from you. You may remember that I met your mom and dad before you were born. I have always counted your dad as a dear friend, and I love your family. Please say hello to him for me. Stay in touch.
It’s not only summer time. But it was a RAINY SUMMER DAY. Yet, the community still came and heard the gospel preached. Praise the Lord!
Stephanie Deyo says
And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.-Ps. 1:3.
Awwww! Look at all the fruit! 🙂 May God continue to bless you!