God planted your church to help your neighbors be vibrant, reproducing disciples of Jesus.
We can help.
In our complex society, how you pray for and connect with each neighbor will depend on their culture, circumstances and challenges.
That's why you and your team can be more effective leaders, making bolder, wiser decisions with the new
Online Community Connector Outreach Toolbox.
It's like going from legally blind to eagle eyes on your mission field.
It's so easy. If you can use Google Maps, you'll engage immediately.
For the 1st time, you'll see colored markers defining 14 household level attributes for your neighbor homes within 70 miles, including:
name & address, age group, marital status, presence of children, education level, ethnicity, language spoken in the home, length of residence, affluence ...and more
As soon as you start clicking on these remarkable new maps your leadership team will gain new insight, direction, hope and energy to fulfill your church mission and vision.
"Want to create urgency? Pull out a map!"
Steve Pike, Author and National Director - The Church Multiplication Network
The fact is, these treasure maps can be your most powerful vision-casting leadership and mobilization tools over the coming years.
Save thousands of dollars and connect with more neighbors by filtering on culture, circumstances and challenges
Frustrated by high mailing costs?
Unfortunately, most churches in America fall into one of two categories:
They're frustrated by high costs of traditional mailing with no discernible results, so they don't mail at all, or
They waste a small fortune mailing to thousands of homes that have little interest or need for the ministry being offered.
Now there's a better way. You have so many different groups of neighbors that need to be reached with different approaches. For example, young marrieds with young kids; empty nesters, older singles, younger singles, widows and orphans, immigrant neighbors who speak a language other than English in their homes, just to name a few.
The Online Community Connector empowers you to see your mission field and filter lists of homes within minutes that are most likely to respond to your specific outreaches. And because you can tightly focus your message on interest, while limiting the number of pieces you mail, you can save thousands of dollars and get higher response rates.
Case in point: Church saves 70% and connects with more new families
OLD WAY: A church wants to reach neighbor families with young children. So they send 30,000 VBS invitation postcards to every home within five miles for $5,000 (Their blew their whole outreach mailing budget and got marginal response).
BETTER WAY: With the Online Community Connector the church invests $1,500 mailing to the 3,000 homes with kids between 3 and 10 in neighborhoods within an 8 minute drive of the church, as well as their strategic highly occupied member neighborhoods. Better yet, the church gives selected members a list of their close neighbor homes with VBS age kids for truly personal invitations.
Bottom line: The church connects with more new neighbor families while saving $3,500 ( 70%).
Make each outreach project more successful
Save hundreds of hours of staff time as you do canvassing, prayer-walking, food-drives, back-yard VBS, block parties, neighborhood Bible studies or any kind of outreach project. Now you can now create, delegate and track outreach projects within minutes using one-of-a-kind project management tools that let you share maps and lists via email links.
Discover your Mission Field Sweet Spot
Easily map your church homes and discover your strategic neighborhoods
Every church has a mission field "sweet spot" where they will find their "Low Hanging Fruit" - i.e. those neighbors who are most likely to visit and join. Determining the sweet spot involves measuring how far you can drive in any direction from the worship center within, say, 10 minutes. But it also is determined by how your member homes are distributed. Those neighborhoods with multiple member homes are your strategic neighborhoods which deserve special attention from your leadership team.
For example, you will probably want to subscribe to receive monthly list of new neighbors moving into your strategic, highly occupied member neighborhoods.
Introduce your members to each other when they are neighbors
One of the most important applications of the Online Community Connector is to introduce your church families to each other when they live in the same neighborhoods.
Most churches are shocked when they discover how few of their members know each other when they live in the same neighborhoods.
Neighborhood Networking Open House Parties are a great way to build many more Christ-centered friendships within your church.
Is your church "building centered" or "missionary sending"?
Most American churches follow an "Attractional Model" i.e. building centered. Almost every staff person works in the building and plans bigger and better events with the "Build it and they'll come" mentality. But an intentional Great Commission church is a missionary sending organization, where every member home is a mission outpost. The primary role of the Great Commission church is to recruit, equip, network and dispatch each member home to pray for and reach the people they live near.
Turn more visitors into members by connecting neighboring church homes
If you don't do anything with the Online Community Connector other than to map your recent visitors and and mobilize your closest members to connect with them, you will multiply your return on investment many times over. Your members who are neighbors are far more likely to connect and build sustaining friendships than the typical follow-up visitation teams that don't live nearby. A St. Louis area church that has been doing this faithfully for six years is turning an amazing percentage of their first time visitors into active new members.
The Nations Among Us
The U.S. is one of the largest international mission fields in the world and foreign born immigrants who speak languages other than English in the home are the fastest growing segment of our population.
Imagine being able to quickly create a list and maps of neighbors who have probably never heard the Gospel, based on their ethnic groups and languages spoken in the home. Now you can.
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21 COOL THINGS YOU CAN DO
Know your neighbors within 70 miles with 14 new household lenses
Save thousands of dollars and multiply mail response by filtering on culture, circumstances and need
Grow your youth ministries and schools by finding homes with kids by age group
Identify neighbors who have probably never heard the Gospel
Expand your seniors ministry - soon to be the largest segment of our population
Easily map your church homes and discover your strategic neighborhoods
Get more visitors by finding and working your mission field sweet spots
Turn more visitors into members through neighboring member follow-up
Strengthen your church body and increase retention by connecting neighboring members
Transform member homes into Mission Outposts with Neighborhood Prayer Lists
Identify Church Plant Opportunities using cluster analysis and demographic snapshot tools
Launch and grow language based churches with ethnic & language filters
Connect with more neighbor homes using custom project management tools
Save months of staff time by sharing updatable maps with project leaders
Prayer-walk and canvas neighborhoods with far greater long-term results
Subdivide and manage your mission field with distinct neighborhoods
Get more new movers to visit by mobilizing their neighboring members
Launch and build life groups with new touch-screen technology
Exceed capital campaign goals by knowing your members better
Pray for every home in your mission field by name through church collaboration
Keep prayer journals on every home