- Category: Resources
- Last Updated on July 01, 2011
Your Church as a Whole
We need local churches as well as individual believers to partner with us.
Consider being an "anchor church" for a particular city: An anchor church is a place where our campaigners can meet, take meals, rest—a place to serve as our base of operations in a given city.
Follow-Up: We need churches to help reach the individuals whose names and addresses we gather during the campaigns. We have discipleship material designed for Jewish people as well as non-Jews.
Individuals in Your Congregation
Prayer: Encourage someone in your church to organize a prayer team in preparation for one of the campaigns. People can pray on site during the campaign, if possible. They can pray during the follow-up process. We will supply them with regular praise and prayer items.
Invitations and Visits: We'd love to invite the Jewish friends of your church members to special evangelistic events in BYG cities. And we'd especially like to visit these Jewish friends with your church members. Prayerfully consider entrusting us in this way.
Information: Someone in your congregation may know of special events, great places to hand out tracts, terrific Christians in the area who would be interested in helping us, etc. If they have some expertise or even one key fact about any of these cities, let them tell us what they know!
Behind the Scenes: From packing tract bags, cooking and serving meals, baking cookies, clean-up, laundry, computer savvy for web outreach (or just keeping the e-prayer chain current), data entry, sending out mailings to generally caring for the campaigners' needs, your people can be a blessing.
Front Line: People in your congregation can use one of our gospel bumper stickers or plant a campaign sign in their front yard! Or they can join us for music and drama outreach…or to hand out gospel tracts with us…or to pray on site as we hand out the tracts. They can talk with seekers, face-to-face or on the phone. Whether it's during commute times, in a shopping mall, on a college campus or at a local café, there are opportunities to reach unbelievers. Experience is not a prerequisite. A heart for God is. No one needs to be intimidated—we'll train participants! Our days begin early and end late with a couple of breaks in-between. Maybe some people can do it all, others just segments.
Annual New York City Witnessing Campaign
Each July, Jews for Jesus conducts an intensive Summer Witnessing Campaign in New York City, home to two million Jewish people. While for this campaign front-line campaigners do need to be Jewish, we have ample opportunities for behind-the-scenes campaign stewards. Some of our stewards have come from as far away as Denmark in order to be part of this summer adventure!
While our campaigners preach the gospel, stewards labor just as hard to make the evangelism possible. They serve behind the scenes from morning until night by cleaning, cooking, packing tract bags and doing whatever else needs to be done so that the gospel goes forth. Stewards are also given some opportunities to do direct evangelism. Being a steward requires one week of training in New York prior to the campaign.
Stewards work as a team of approximately 8-10 people, both men and women. To qualify, a person must be a believer in Jesus who doesn't mind hard work. And he or she must raise support of $1300.
For further information, see our New York Campaign web page, including a link to a video about the summer campaigns.