As a new church plant in a small county-seat town, we have capitalized on the availability of a quaint park and a pavilion for refreshments to sponsor summertime Concerts in the Park. The concerts have become locally accepted, featured as “good family events” in the Chamber of Commerce’s visitor’s guide.
The church family prepares and advertises for the concerts, which are held on Friday evenings before dusk. We advertise through releasing radio and newspaper press notices two weeks in advance, displaying local signs and reusable high visibility banners one week in advance, and extending invitations to churches in the area.
One hundred to three hundred attendees bring their blankets or lawn chairs for the evening. Our teens and adults serve cotton candy, popcorn, and drinks. We set up a photo display of our church and its ministries and distribute church brochures and response cards for post-concert contacts. We have had concerts videotaped, edited, and aired on the community cable channel.
College ministry teams, gospel quartets, soloists, and family groups have served as featured musicians. We hope to include a Christian bluegrass group this summer. The musicians share their faith and testimonies as they perform or lead sing-alongs. To coordinate with Memorial Day and Independence Day celebrations, we include static displays of a national guard Humvee, sheriffs’ squad cars, a fire truck, an eighteen-wheeler, a Christian motorcycle club, and a Super Sport race car. Our cost is approximately two hundred dollars per concert plus the musician’s expenses. Before our last concert of the summer, Awana hosts a Fun Fair in the afternoon. Through these events, new contacts are made and community goodwill is built.
Getting “outside the box” does not happen unless it is intentionally planned. Go for it in your community—it works for us!
Steve Poludniak, Pastor
Faith Baptist Church