In church communications, we do what we do because we believe that the eternal destinies of people depends on how they respond to Jesus. We know that--but in the midst of long days and overwhelming demands it is easy to forget.
As we approach Halloween, I know this isn't a holiday most people think of as being particularly spiritually challenging, but it really is. At this time of year, everyone is thinking about and talking about the supernatural and that makes it one of the easiest times to bring up the topic of the one person who conquered death--Jesus.
Francis Chan's and Preston Sprinkle's book, Erasing Hell. In addition to being a very well-researched and well-written book, I greatly appreciated the tone of the book, which is one of gracious, gentle conviction.
Though the tone is gentle, the topic is about one of the hard issues of our faith--the eternal destiny of people who die without Jesus as Savior. Universalism, the idea that eventually everybody goes to heaven, is the popular answer today (one of the great promoters of this being Rob Bell's book, Love Wins), but popular as the idea might be, as this book shows through careful historical facts and careful biblical exegesis, universalism is simply wrong.
As much as we might wish it were otherwise, the eternal destiny of every person--literally heaven or hell depends on what we do with Jesus. Your job is to make that clear and that is why your work in church communication is of extraordinary importance. We can do that with our church communications and below is a list of communication resources for Halloween.
The purpose of this website is to help you create communications that enable your church to fully fulfill the Great Commission. That is why we do all we do.
More motivation and tools to help you share the good news about Jesus at Halloween
Just click on the links below each entry to go to the additional information
Church Halloween Celebrations: why having fun and not sinning is not the point
Many churches work hard to put on neighborhood outreach events such as Trunk or Treat--this blog challenges churches to make the event more than fun, but a time to connect with the church and think about Jesus.
Halloween Communications for before, during, and after your event
To help people connect with your church and consider Jesus at Halloween, you need concrete communications. This sections give you an overview and links you to them.
Church Bulletin Insert motivation for your congregation to invite friends to church Halloween Events
This bulletin insert reminds your congregation that they don't have to win to world to Jesus--they just need to invite friends to church outreach events.
Halloween Outreach Videos and how to use them to reach unchurched people for Jesus
Here are two very powerful videos, under two minutes each that challenge people at Halloween to think about Jesus. For Effective Church Communication Members, you can download the HD versions of the videos. Everyone can link to or embed the YouTube versions on your websites for Halloween Outreach.
FREE Text for Halloween Outreach for invitations, postcards, congregational motivation
Anyone can copy and use the text files here to create your own Halloween communications.