Cooking Classes as Community Outreach

Posted on April 29, 2012. Filed under: Community, Evangelism, Uncategorized | Tags: , , , |

Back in February I took part in a Church Kitchen seminar at the Church Resources Conference 2012 in the Ramada Hotel.

Here is some of my material I presented on how to hold cooking demonstrations and courses in your church to bring in the local community:

 I. Introduction to the importance of food

  1. Food brings together people with different personalities, passions and principles. We engage in face to face conversation eating together at a table.
  2. “One meal with someone is worth more than 6 months of shaking the minister’s hand at the end of the church”
  3. Interest in culinary arts is an emerging trend in our culture. The media has placed an enormous emphasis on cooking in the home. We can reach the culture for Christ by using what appeals to them – food!
  4. What if we paused from our busy schedules to set aside four weeks to reach out through cooking classes to the lost, lonely, hurting people in our community who passionately long for connection and meaning?  What if we connected in a deeper way with them and whet their appetite to know God more?

II. PURPOSE – Evangelism

  1. Cooking classes are the perfect “non-threatening” way for believers to confidently bring in people who would never go to church.  If the church strategically gets a few Christians involved and reaches out to the community, it could be a successful relationship building tool to evangelize.
  2. We are salt of the earth.  Whet people’s appetite for God’s living water by stirring Him up into your conversations.  Colossians 4:6 “Let your speech always be with grace, seasoned with salt, that you may know how you ought to answer each one.”
  3. Cooking classes will cost time, resources and energy but they will be worth it if we witness to nonbelievers.   

 III.  PRAY – Never underestimate the power of prayer.

  1. Get your church praying.  Give them updates of how the classes are going.
  2. Have specific dates for the leadership team to pray for the people and classes.
  3. Give each Christian a cooking student to be specifically praying for.

  IV.  PERSONALIZE

  1. Your economic, geographic, and social factors will influence your church’s target audience.
  2. Be flexible, creative and unique with the information given.
  3. Target Audience– Who do you want to reach out to? What age range?
    1. Children
    2. Teenagers
    3. Young adults (singles, newlyweds)
    4. Young mums/single parents (Women from Mother and Toddler Groups)
    5. Career men or women
    6. Senior Citizens
  4. Time of day –Provide the lessons at convenient hours for your specific target audience.
    1. Children – Saturday mornings, after school
    2. Teenagers – after school or in the evening
    3. Young adults – evenings
    4. Young mums – during the mornings while children are in school (Discuss with the leadership if you would want to provide childcare for younger children)
    5. Career men or women – evenings or Saturday lunch
    6. Senior Citizens – mornings or afternoons, Monday through Friday

To obtain the rest of the seminar notes and recipes, please email Lindsey at cooking.forChrist@yahoo.com

 

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Lindsey, I met your husband last weekend at a conference in Newcastle and heard about the amazing concept of ‘cooking for Christ’. I am a keen cook and love having people around for a meal but this sounds a terrific outreach tool. I am delighted to have this facility and pray that I will learn from you and that God will richly bless you and Chris. Blessings, Gail Rous


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