Sharing the Gospel Through Community Surveys
The Bible is very clear that we are to preach the gospel to every person. Knowing how to most effectively do that through our churches is a continual challenge.
One way that we mobilised more people in our church to get involved in sharing the gospel with our community was through 'Community Surveys’.
The purpose of our surveys was to get to know the people in our community and gain an opportunity to share the gospel with them.
Below is a list of what we said at the door and a list of the questions we asked:
“Hello, my name is _____ and this is _____. We are from _____ Baptist Church just around the corner. We are doing a brief religious survey of the community today. Could we take a few minutes of your time to ask you some quick questions?”
1. What do you think are the greatest needs (spiritual or other) in the community?
2. How do you think churches could help meet those needs?
3. Do you have any kind of spiritual belief? (If so, how would describe those beliefs?)
4. To you, who is Jesus Christ?
5. When it comes your time to pass on, where do you think that you will go?
6. Would you like more information about how you can have peace with God and eternal life?
7. Finally, do you have anything that you would like us to pray about?
“Thank you so much for your time. Here is a leaflet from our church. If we can be of any help, let us know. We would love to have you visit.”
Obviously, you will want to modify the survey to fit your context and culture.
Here are some reasons we found the surveys so effective:
It gave us a 'reason' to knock the door and engage in deeper conversations.
The nature of the surveys was more about listening to begin with, and then transitioning to talking about the gospel.
It gave the people in our church a clear path of conversation so more were willing to come help us.
It allowed us to get a feel for the things people are thinking so that we can more effectively reach out.
If you have any questions or suggestions about this, please feel free to share.