DENVER (BP)--The task at hand for members of Riverside Baptist Church: slip small plastic bags containing a couple of brochures on doorknobs or gateposts in assigned neighborhoods near their church.
Photo by James Dotson
The opportunity to share Christ so simply is one of the key reasons the Denver church joined thousands of others nationwide in distributing millions of the bags as part of the "God's Plan for Sharing: Across North America" effort developed by the North American Mission Board in conjunction with state convention partners.
"It's a wonderful opportunity for ministry," said Devon Gibson, one of 16 members of Riverside's Koinonia "impact group" which distributed 750 of the packets in 45 minutes.
"It's all about getting out of the actual church and getting into the neighborhood of the inner city," Gibson said. "That's what God has called us to do. We come [to church] to get equipped, but our ministry is outside."
Riverside distributed more than 12,000 of the packets in neighborhoods surrounding its campus as well as in Castle Rock to the south where it sponsors a church plant. Each of the packets contained the main "Find it Here" brochure and information about the church -- including a brochure about an upcoming rock-climbing event for youth.
The packet distribution, which followed prayerwalking in the same neighborhoods in previous weeks, was just one element of a comprehensive implementation of the campaign at Riverside.
Pastor Jim Shaddix said larger churches such as Riverside often don't participate in denominational initiatives because of their ability to develop and implement their own contextualized campaigns. But this campaign -- known locally as Across Colorado -- was different. Read More