Posted by Todd Rhoades in Outreach on Apr 9th, 2013

Carey Nieuwhof writes:

Almost every church I know says they want to reach unchurched people. But few are actually doing it.

Part of the problem stems from the fact that many churches don’t really understand unchurched people…

And part of the problem is that our model of church is designed to reach and help churched people, not unchurched people. Churches haven’t embraced change deeply enough.

Here Are 9 Signs Your Church Is Ready To Embrace Unchurched People:

  1. Your main services engage teenagers.
  2. People who attend your church actually know unchurched people. 
  3. Your attenders are prepared to be non-judgmental. 
  4. You’re good with questions. 
  5. You’re honest about your struggles. 
  6. You have easy, obvious, strategic and helpful steps for new people. 
  7. You’ve dumped all assumptions. 
  8. Your ‘outreach’ isn’t just a program. 
  9. You are flexible and adaptable. 


These are just the points. Carey lays each point out with some good explanation here.

I agree with Carey’s premise that most every church wants to reach the unchurched. I also agree with him that most don’t do it (even though many trick themselves into THINKING they’re doing it).

How does YOUR church reach the unchurched?  What recommendations would you give to other churches.

In other words, “What’s working for YOU” in this area?