In our effort to help develop opportunities for churches to do ministry outside of their four walls, Operation Transformation has been in conversation with the YMCA, the Housing Commission, senior and retirement homes and local businesses to launch Connect Groups. A Connect Group is an opportunity for followers of Christ to share their faith with unchurched community members in non-confrontational, fun and relational way.
We estimate that only about 10% of the people in our County go to church anywhere. We would wager that the percentage is considerably less in the last year. What if we could saturate our County with many opportunities for those who can’t or won’t step into a church to be exposed to the Christian faith?
Connect Groups will utilize the Alpha Course. Alpha is used worldwide and has been translated into 112 different languages. It is an evangelistic course which seeks to introduce the basics of the Christian faith through a series of talks and discussions. It is often promoted to potential participants as "an opportunity to explore the meaning of life.” It has been used in churches, homes, workplaces, prisons, universities and a wide variety of other locations. There are 15 sessions in the course and has both adult and youth versions available.
Our hope is that there will be churches in our community who want to get involved and join a leadership team of a Connect Group in the community. Contact us if you are interested in helping us launch this Countywide evangelistic effort or would just like to learn more.