A Missional Halloween

As believers, Halloween gives us a great opportunity to engage our community. Halloween is the only holiday in our culture when families from our city will walk up to our doors. People will fill the streets of our neighborhoods and we can use this opportunity for Gospel intentionality.

In light of the Gospel, we must ask ourselves - “How does God want us to use Halloween to magnify Jesus?”.

This Halloween as Crestview Baptist Church, we are replacing our Fall Festival that we normally have at our church campus with being intentional in the neighborhoods that we live. Our hope is that families and members of Crestview will partner together at various homes with the goal of connecting with and talking to families as they trick-or-treat.

If you are a family that lives in a trick-or-treating neighborhood, you have been given a great opportunity to open your home to be a place of ministry. Gather some other families/people from Crestview together to help you. Here are some helpful tips for making this happen:

  1. Set-up outside in your front yard/driveway. Be visible and welcoming as people pass by and invite them to linger.
  2. Give out the best Candy. The kids want the good stuff and the parents will remember your generosity and kindness!
  3. Think of the Parents. Have some hot chocolate or coffee available. If you want your house to be a hit, set up the grill and prepare some free hotdogs or have games for the kids to play.
  4. Have Meaningful Conversations. Get to know someone’s story. Exchange phone numbers and be intentional about reconnecting with them. Seek to display the gospel through your interactions.

We all have in front of us a wide-open door for missionary engagement during Halloween. I want to encourage you not to miss out on the opportunity.

 

Post Author: Jason Housley