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Trunk or Treat Planning Guide

Trunk or Treat planning guide for 2017

If your church is having a trunk or treat, this trunk or treat planning guide provides valuable information on promoting, planning and other tips that can make it successful.

trunk or treat planning guide

Step one – define your goals.  This may sound simple but it is an important step most people don’t think about.  Are you hosting the trunk-or-treat only for children at your church, plus any friends that they may invite or are you opening it up to the community and making it an outreach event?  What is your budget and how will it be allocated?  If you are trying to keep it small, only for the children who go to your church the planning becomes much easier.  You know about how many kids to expect, depending on the weather and you don’t have to worry about any outreach activities.  I’m going to provide my insights and suggestions assuming that your church is going to use this as an outreach and invite the community, which can be a much bigger task.

One of the biggest unknowns is how many kids will show up.  The weather is a big factor and you don’t know until the last week or maybe even later.  That is why I recommend creating two plans.  The first one is for the number of kids you expect to show up and the other plan is what happens if there are twice as many kids. Last year in North Carolina the weather was amazing on Sunday evening.  All the churches I know of had double or even triple the number of kids they planned for.  That can create a bad experience for everyone as you can quickly run out of candy and food.

Our church collected candy and treats beforehand and also asked adults who were participating to bring candy.  That gave us a backup supply, which we totally used up and still had to send people out to the store to buy more.  We were expecting a couple hundred kids and because of the weather, we had almost 1,000.  We did run out of candy and food but it was towards the end of the event.  Overall people enjoyed themselves but unfortunately, that was not true for all the trunk or treats in our area.  Not planning for a record number of people can leave a bad taste in visitors minds.

Step two of our trunk or treat planning guide – promoting your trunk or treat.  I’ve written several articles about how to promote an event so I’m just going to go over the basics and link to the other articles if you want more details.  The first is internal promotions such as announcements in the church bulletin and the newsletter.  If you have a pre-school or after school make sure they receive an invitation.  Create a ticket to the event and give a couple to each child in church, preschool and after school.

External promotions – There are a number of external promotions available.  I’ll list a few of my favorite ones here.

  • Facebook – 90% of the people who live around your church are on Facebook and log in every day.   If your church has a Facebook Page creating an ad is simple, cost effective and efficient.  You’ll need a picture of kids dressed up.  Don’t put any copy on the picture.  Facebook does not like any words on the pictures and will reject your ad if there are more than 25% words.  If you have a video or can create one, even better because Facebook likes videos and you’ll reach more people at less cost.  Click here to go to Facebook’s Ad platform.  Create an ad promoting an event and choose the people you want to reach.  There are a lot of options but pick people who have kids in the age group you want to invite who live within a couple miles of your church.  Keep the copy simple:  Invitation to the event and the details.  You can send them to your page to RSVP which will help with planning.   Here is a link to a previous article on using Facebook that has more details.
  • Post event on Craig’s List.  It is easy, free and a lot of people still visit Craig’s List.
  • Posters up around local establishments.  They won’t get the views that Facebook will but you’ll still reach people
  • If you created a ticket look into handing them out at school functions or other community activities
  • Local newspaper and radio.  They may promote your community event for free.  I don’t recommend running an ad though.
  • For more ideas on getting the word out click here.

Why are you holding a trunk or treat?

There can be lots of reasons you want to hold a trunk or treat: fun, safe event for kids, community outreach, etc., but in my opinion, there is only one primary reason and that is to bring children and adults into a relationship with Jesus.  How does a trunk or treat accomplish that?  It can be a door opener.  If you are able to funnel everyone through a couple openings before they enter your trunk or treat you can provide a sign-up sheet where the parents can get more information about what is going on at the church.  A sign and an email sign-up list (optional) can be a great way to start connecting.   Plan to pass out information on other activities going on at the church.

If you don’t have one central place where people go through to get into your trunk or treat you can give one car information to pass out about what is going on at the church and a couple more can be sign up stations to collect email addresses.

Hand out Gospel Tracts and other reminders that God loves them and has a plan for their lives.

Only a small portion of kids and parents will decide to join the church and hopefully, come into a relationship with Jesus.  Gospel tracts are a way to put God’s Word into every child that visits your Trunk or Treat.  Memory Cross has several that you might want to consider.  They are, creative, fun and effective at presenting the Gospel.  If you would like to order a free sample, click here.

 

What activities to include for trunk or treat

Here are a few things that have been popular at other trunk or treats.  The list depends on your budget, space, and resources of your members.  These would be in addition to decorating the trunk of a car, SUV or pickup.

  • Provide food and drink either no charge or at cost.  If you have an outdoor shelter or can set up picnic tables and have the equipment to cook hamburgers, hot dogs or pizza, providing food can be a great addition.
  • Live entertainment – have a praise band or other musical talent at the church?  Check into having them perform at your trunk or treat.
  • Is your event going on at sundown?  Consider adding a movie.  I’ve seen mixed results because many parents want to get their kids home and ready for school, but if your event is being held on Friday or Saturday I’ve seen the movie be very successful.
  • Games and blow-ups.  Kids love those giant blow-ups and adding some will continue to engage children after they have gone through the trunk or treat.  If cost is an issue see if a local business would be willing to sponsor one of the blow-ups.  Add their name to the ticket and maybe even some information on the back.
  • Hayride – you need the right equipment and probably be in a country setting but a hayride can be something that draws children to your trunk or treat.
  • Pumpkin drawing – Jack Be Little pumpkins or Baby Boo pumpkins are usually available for $1.00 or less and make a great craft activity for children.  A free option would be to allow children to color a Bible Halloween page such as this one from Ministry to Children.

Following up

Your event was a smashing success, congratulations!  One more thing you don’t want to forget.  If you collected email addresses enter them into your email account.  (I use Mailchimp).  Send them out an email thanking them for coming and letting them know about programs going on at the church for children and adults.  You should send out emails once a week with what is happing, at least for the first month.  It takes time to get people into the habit of visiting your church so don’t give up.  It can be a life-changing experience as you can see by watching the video.  Don’t give up,  Keep the outreach going.  God will use you to touch others.

I’ve tried to make this a fairly complete Trunk or Treat planning guide but if you have anything to suggest, write down your comments.

Halloween Gospel Tracts for Children

Halloween Gospel Tracts for children offer a unique opportunity to let children know that God loves them. Imagine neighborhood children hearing the Gospel, many for the first time. The opportunity happens during Halloween. That’s the day 41 million kids dress up and take to the streets looking for a treat or come to a Trunk or Treat.

Halloween Gospel Tracts for children

They’ll come home with lots of candy and a few small toys, but what if they came home with the Gospel? What if The Message became planted in their heart and brought them into a relationship with Jesus? What if their life was forever changed and they received eternal life?

When we meet Jesus, it is life changing and we want others to know Him. God wants to use us in His work of scattering the seeds of the gospel. We are not responsible for changing hearts, only God can do that, but we are called to scatter His message.

Do Halloween Gospel Tracts for children really change lives?

Are lives really changed from one simple Gospel tract? Peter said in John 6:68 “you have the words of eternal life.” God’s Word does change lives even today but those 41 million children won’t hear God’s Word unless someone decides to hand them a Halloween Gospel tract along with their candy.

At Memory Cross, we make some of the most creative Gospel tracts for Halloween. Creative enough that kids will read and keep them, and since most parents inspect what their children bring home they’ll also read God’s Word.

You are planting seeds, seeds of eternal life.   Galatians 6:9 says: “And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap if we do not give up.”

If you would like to learn more about reaching children with the Gospel at Halloween visit Memory Cross. If you decide to order a free sample use the code “children” and we’ll even pick up the shipping costs.

May this Halloween millions of kids receive the Gospel.

 

 

Halloween offers a tremendous opportunity for evangelism

Halloween, a day of mixed feelings for many Christians, offers a tremendous opportunity for evangelism.  What other day do so many children come in contact with followers of Jesus Christ? Trunk-or-treats put on by churches are packed with kids and their parents from the neighborhood and 41 million children still trick or treat, knocking on the doors of Christians.  Wouldn’t it be awesome if each of those kids received a Gospel tract or an invitation to visit a local church?

There is an increasing number of creative Halloween Gospel tracts that let children know God loves them available.  I’ve included some at the bottom of this post.  One of the questions I’m asked is do tracts still work or am I just wasting my money?  Isaiah 55:11 says: “It is the same with my word.  I send it out, and it always produces fruit.  It will accomplish all I want it to, and it will prosper everywhere I send it” NLV.    Because Memory Cross produces so many Halloween Gospel tracts we receive emails from those who have read and responded to the Gospel through our tracts and besides do you ask that question about the candy you buy trick-or-treat?  Which has more potential for good in a child’s life?

The video below is the story of a couple whose lives were changed as a result of receiving a simple Gospel tract.  If you doubt that God’s Word can change lives I hope you’ll take a few minutes and watch the video.

Halloween offers a tremendous opportunity for evangelism

Could 41 million children really be touched by God’s Word at Halloween?  Based on the information I could find there are about 116,000 churches that hold a trunk or treat each year with an average attendance of just under 200.  If those numbers are correct then there are 23 million children and parents who could be given a Gospel tract this Halloween!  That’s a big number and handing out a Halloween Gospel tract at a trunk-or-treat is really simple.  Along with a piece of candy hand out the tract or a flier with information inviting them to visit your church.

Trunk or Treat tracts

Handing out Halloween Gospel tracts for Trick-or-Treat

The other opportunity for Christians is to distribute tracts for trick-or-treating.  Neighborhood kids knock on your door and along with candy hand out a Halloween Gospel tract.  Kids actually prefer the tracts because they are something different.  If the kids are younger, parents will usually go through the candy and see the tract.  That’s it, nothing hard or scary and you’ve just given a child and their parents the Word of God.  It’s now in God’s hands.  I do encourage you to pray silently for each child you come in contact with.

Halloween Gospel Tracts to consider

There are a lot of options available, from traditional Halloween Gospel tracts found at your local Christian bookstore to the more creative.  One of the things that attracted me to Memory Cross when Pastor Andy Lambert showed me the design was how creative it was so I’ve included our Halloween tracts for this year and also one from Let the Little Children Come.  They also share our passion for presenting the Gospel to kids in fun, creative ways.

How Do Memory Cross cards work?  Watch the video and find out

Halloween Gospel Tract – Take the Quiz

 

 

What could be better than free candy?

 

 

Super Hero Halloween Gospel Tract

 

Halloween Bible Tract that kids can color

 

Halloween Gospel Tract for kids

 

Each of these tracts has space to write a personal note or put the name of your church.  For orders of 500 or more, the name of your church can be printed on the card.  For more information visit our website.

Pumpkin candy holder for Halloween

Pumpkin Halloween Tract

This creative Halloween Gospel tract shares God’s love for children while holding their candy.  For more information visit their site.

Do you have a favorite Halloween tract?  Be sure to share it in the comments box.

 

Child Evangelism Tracts In English, Spanish and Haitian-Creole

Memory Cross has a number of child evangelism tracts in English and Spanish.  Each Gospel tract features a unique four-panel fold that makes a never ending loop.  The video below shows how every Memory Cross tract folds.

ABC Plan of Salvation Evangelism Tracts for Children 

This Gospel tract for children is designed to walk kids through the ABCs of becoming a Christian and is available in English and Spanish. It presents the Gospel in a fun, creative and relevant way that children understand using an origami design that makes an endless loop.

The copy for child evangelism tracts:

Panel 1: Admit to God that you are a sinner. Believe that Jesus is the Son of God and C – Choose to follow Jesus.

Panel 2: Uses John 3:16 – For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, so that whoever believes in Him shall not parish but have eternal life. It finishes with Anyone who chooses to follow Jesus can be saved.

Panel 3: Only you know if you are ready to become a Christian. When you are ready pray a prayer like the one on the next panel. Believe it with all of your heart and Jesus will never leave you. Everyone must choose for themselves.

Panel 4: Dear God thank you for loving me and sending your Son to die for my sins. I am sorry for my sins and receive Jesus Christ as my savor. Now as your child I turn my entire life over to you – Amen.

Child Evangelism Tracts Memory Cross All Four Panels

ABC Memory Cross Gospel Tract for Kids 

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The ABC Memory Cross Gospel tract for children is a simple and creative way to help children understand about becoming a child of God. The image above shows how this tract folds. The design is very unique which captures the attention of children. We don’t think that there is another Gospel tract for children that so fascinates kids.

The copy for each panel of this child evangelism tract is as follows:

Panel 1: ABC Memory Cross – ABCs of Becoming a Christian. A – Admit. Admit to God that you are a sinner. Repent, turning away from sin. (Acts 3:19). B- Believe. Believe that Jesus is God’s Son and accept God’s gift of forgiveness from sin. (Romans 5:8). C- Confess Confess you faith in Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord. (Romans 10:9-10,13)

Panel 2: What Does the Bible Say About Becoming a Christian? God loves you (1 John 4:10). Sin separates you from God. Sin is choosing my way instead of God’s way. Sin separates people from God. (Romans 3:23) God sent Jesus so you would not have to die for your sins. Jesus died on a cross, He was buried and He rose from the dead (John 3:16)

Panel 3: Is it time for you to become a Christian? God’s Holy Spirit will help you know if you are ready to become a Christian. If it is that time, pray a prayer such as the following…

Panel 4: Dear God, I know I have sinned and that my sin separates me from You. I am sorry for my sin. I believe Jesus died on the cross for me so my sin can be forgiven. I believe Jesus rose from the dead and is alive. God, please forgive me. I ask Jesus to come into my life and be my Savior and Lord. I will obey You and live for You the rest of my life. Thank You. Amen.

This child evangelism tracts is written in English and Spanish.  The information for the card is as follows:

Panel 1: The scene shows God having just created all things: the Earth, animals, man & woman. This illustration represents the perfect relationships that existed before Adam & Eve (the first man & woman) disobeyed God & sin entered the world. Before that terrible event, there was no sin (wrongdoing) to separate God & mankind.

SCRIPTURES:

  • “So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them.” – Genesis 1:27 (ANIV)
  • “I [Jesus Christ] have come that they may have life, and have it to the full. “ – John 10:10b (ANIV)

Panel 2:  The scene shows the man & woman (representative of us all) separated from the loving embrace & security of God by their sins (wrongdoing.) Sin always separates us from God, because He is perfect & can not look upon sin. In this illustration, sin is depicted as a vast fiery chasm, impossible to cross for the man & woman. They need help! God knows that, & sent His only Son (Jesus Christ) to die & pay (atone for) all of our sins. In so doing, Jesus created a “bridge” across which we can once again be reunited with the Lord God.

SCRIPTURES:

  • “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” – Romans 3:23 (ANIV)
  • “For the wages of sin is death” – Romans 6:23 (ANIV)
  • “Just as man is destined to die once, and after that to face judgment.” – Hebrews 9:27 (ANIV)

Panel 3:  The scene shows the man & woman (representative of us all) crossing the great wooden cross. Only by coming to the cross of Jesus Christ can our sins be dealt with once & for all. Only once that has happened, can we be reunited with the Lord God.

SCRIPTURES:

  • “For Christ died for sins once for all, the righteous for the unrighteous, to bring you to God.”  – 1 Peter 3:18 (ANIV)
  • “But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”  – Romans 5:8 (ANIV)

Panel 4: The scene shows the man & woman (representative of us all) reunited with the Lord God. We know from the Bible that it was the terrible cost of the Cross, which Jesus paid on our behalf, for our sins, which allows our sins to be dealt with, & which allow us free access back into the wonderful presence of the Lord.

SCRIPTURES:

  • “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.” – John 3:16-17 (ANIV)
  • “I tell you the truth, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life and will not be condemned; he has crossed over from death to life.”  – John 5:24 (ANIV)

Click here to see all four panels.

This child evangelism tract is available in English and Spanish and English and Haitian.  Designed in black and white so that kids can color it while learning God’s plan of salvation.  They are generally used on mission trips to Spanish speaking countries or Haiti but can be just as effective in reaching children in the United States.

God’s Plan of Salvation for Children tells the story of Adam and Eve who were once best friends with God but decided to disobey God’s commandments and became separated from Him.  There is good news because that’s not the end of the story.  Even though we sinned and became separated from God, He loves us and sent Jesus to die on the cross for our sins so that we could have a relationship with Him again.

This is a simple tract, written so that younger children will understand.  It is designed to start a conversation and give kids the basics.

 

The Roman Road child evangelism tracts are available in NIV, English and Spanish, Haitian-Creole, and Romanian and English.  To see all four panels, click this link.

The Roman Road Tract: Pathway to Life coloring card is a children’s Gospel tract that combines a craft project (coloring) while presenting the Gospel. This Gospel tract helps children understand God’s plan of salvation using verses from Romans. Scriptures from the book of Romans have been used for centuries to help people understand God’s plan of salvation. We have taken those verses and designed a tract that children can understand.

God’s Love Never Ends Child Evangelism Tracts

This simple child evangelism tract is designed to help children know that God loves them and that his love never ends.  The wording on the panels are:

  • Panel 1:  God’s love never ends! – Psalm 136:1
  • Panel 2:  And He wants to be your friend – John 15:15
  • Panel 3:  So when you feel all alone
  • Panel 4:  Remember you are not on your own because … and then it flips back to panel 1

The card is available in English and Spanish.

Gods Love Child Evangelism Tracts for children

Roman Road Gospel Tracts: English, Spanish, Haitian Creole, Romanian

Memory Cross has created the Roman Road Gospel tracts in English, Spanish and English, Haitian Creole and English and Romanian and English.  Each tract fascinates children with four panels that makes an endless loop.  The video below shows how each tract folds.

The tracts are printed in black and white so children can use their creativity to color the card, which makes it much more likely that kids will keep and read them over and over again.  They measure 6 inches by 6 inches so if you are taking them on a mission trips they pack easily into a suitcase.

After going on several mission trips and getting feedback from others who took these tracts on mission trips we decided to make them bi-lingual in Spanish and English, Haitian-Creole and English and Romanian and English.  We found that most children in other countries are interested in learning English, and by including English on the tract allows children to learn God’s plan of salvation in English as well as their own language.

Another benefit we’ve found is that once children learn the tract in English they want to tell their parents and friends, so they become little evangelists spreading the Gospel. One of the most important things you can do on a mission trip is to let kids and adults know that God loves them, and Memory Cross’ Roman Road Gospel tracts are one of the most effective ways to do that.

Roman Road spanish and english gospel tract

Roman Roads Gospel Tracts

If you are going to a country that speaks another language we can translate the card into any language.  It takes 3 to 4 weeks to produce a custom order.  If you would like a free sample or more information on any of the cards we’ve included some information below.

 

 

 

 

 

Gospel Tracts for Mission Trips – Sharing Jesus’ Love With Children

Memory Cross makes fun and creative Gospel Tracts for mission trips.  Each tract is designed using our exclusive endless loop design, which kids love.  They are printed in black and white so it can be used as a craft project.  The card is also in English along with another language which allows you to teach children that God loves them and has a plan for their life in English and their language.

Gospel Tracts for Mission Trips

If you are getting ready to go on a mission trip and will be working with children here are some Christian tracts that are worth checking out.  Tracts are available in a variety of languages using the unique Memory Cross endless loop design.  Most are black and white, allowing kids to color them.  If you don’t know how the card works, watch the video.  I think you’ll be impressed.

Gospel Tracts for mission trips in other languages

They are available in English, Spanish, Haitian-Creole, French, Romanian, Wordless and can be translated into any language with a minimum of 250 cards.  Most cards are in English and another language.   This allows people going on the mission trip to share God’s plan of salvation better with children.  Many use this card to teach kids the English words, which really helps make the card special, plus kids will then go teach the tract to their friends and parents.

 

Here are a few of the tracts available for mission trips.

 

The Memory Cross Gospel tracts offer a hands on experience for children, which helps kids better understand God’s plan of salvation.  Kids everywhere love the endless loop design, which they will continue to play with even after you leave.  The card also makes a nice craft project allowing children to make it their own through coloring or stickers.  Finally the Gospel is presented not only in their native language but also in English.  Most children in other countries want to learn English and what better thing to learn in English than God loves them and has a plan for their life.

Most cards are in stock and will be delivered in less than a week with free shipping on orders over $50.  Custom orders take 2-4 weeks to produce.

If you would like to receive a free sample add the item below to your shopping cart and use the code “Facebook” and we’ll pick up the freight or you can call us at 800-799-0260.  If you would like to receive the samples in another language besides Spanish, let us know in the comments section.

 

To see all the tracts available visit our store.

New Halloween Gospel Tract for Children – Simple Evangelism

Memory Cross has a new Halloween Gospel tract for children that makes evangelism simple.

Halloween is the only day of the year when children knock on your door and ask for a treat.  With this new Halloween Gospel Tract for children you’ll not only give them something that is really “cool” but let them know that God loves them.  Kids love candy, but candy won’t change anyone’s life, at least not for the better, but Jesus can.  Here are some interesting statistics:

  • Eighty two percent of people would consider visiting a church if asked.
  • Ninety two percent (92%) of church members never invite one person in a given year.
  • Two thirds of people are willing to receive information about a local church.
  • Most people come to church because of a personal invitation.

Memory Cross’ new Halloween tract is a creative way to share the Good News with children while inviting the parents to visit your church.  The copy on each panel is shown below.

Halloween Gospel Tract for children

As you can see this evangelism tract for Halloween lets children know that God loves them, has a plan for their life and wants them to live a full and abundant life.  On the last panel there is a space for to write in the name and address of your church and a link in case children or adults want to know more about following Jesus.

As Christians Jesus commanded us to go and make disciples.  The first step is telling people about Jesus.  In America 92% of people do not share the Gospel nor invite even one person to church.  At Halloween if you have 25 kids knock on your door, you can let 25 children know that Jesus loves them and invite them to church.

Does handing out a Halloween tract make a difference?  We are called to sow the seed.  God is the one that makes it grow but every year we receive stories of children who have asked Jesus into their hearts and adults who decided to start visiting a church.  You never know how God is working in someone’s life.  The video below is one person’s story of how an act of kindness and tract changed her life, the life of her husband and those of their friends.

The evangelism tract for children can be used for trick or treat or trunk or treat.  Either way it is a simple way to share the Gospel that children will appreciate receiving.

This is one of several Halloween Gospel tracts Memory Cross has created to share God’s love with children.  They can be ordered below or by visiting our website where you’ll find our other Halloween Gospel tracts and order a free sample pack.  You’ll pay $3.00 to help cover the cost of shipping.

Halloween is a tremendous opportunity to reach children with the Gospel and bring new families into your church.  “Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit.” – Matthew 28:19.

 


Gospel Tracts for Kids

Fun Gospel Tracts for kids

Finding Gospel tracts written for kids that they enjoy and will keep can be a challenge.

Memory Cross noticed the lack of tracts written for kids and has created a number of Gospel tracts designed especially for children, who find the endless loop design fascinating.  The tracts are available in English, Spanish, Haitian Creole, French, Romanian and a wordless version.

The image and video below show how each card folds.

Gospel Tracts for kids

Most of the Gospel tracts for kids are printed in black and white which allows them to also be a craft activity where children can color or decorate the cards with stickers.  The tracts are in variety of languages including: bi-linguel in Spanish/English, Haitian Creole/English and Romanian/English which makes it easier to work with children on a mission trip.

Each card is printed on a premium 100 lb. uncoated cover that is made from recycled paper and measure 6 inches square, which is a good size for kids to handle.

There are tracts designed for mission trips which present the Gospel and tracts for use as a local outreach and with events like Halloween.  Some of the tracts that are available include:

There are also cards that are used to teach children Bible stories such as the 10 Commandments, the birth of Moses, the first Passover, creation story, God frees Peter from prison, God’s love doodling cards also available in French and Spanish along with Halloween trick or treat Gospel tracts.

The Memory Cross design is different from anything else currently on the market.  Sometimes it is hard to grasp how effective the design is so we offer a free sample pack.  Normally we ask that you pay for shipping but if you put int he code “new” in the discount code we’ll even pick up the shipping.  (offer only good in the United States).


How to share your faith with others

Have you ever wondered how to share your faith? You are not alone.  Many people want to share their faith but don’t know how or are afraid.  Today we’re going to look at the early disciples and see how they shared Jesus with others and provide some practical advice for sharing your faith today.

Jesus called each of us to make tell the Gospel and make disciples.  The story is found in each of the Gospels.  I have used the one from Matthew 28:  Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”

The early church took Jesus’ call seriously.  Wherever they went the early disciples told people about Jesus and within a few hundred years Christianity had spread to all parts of the known world.  The thing is it is a never ending cycle.  We have to pass our faith onto the next generation.

The early church was alive, vibrant and excited and they passed their excitement onto people they met.  They were not perfect and as Christianity expanded people appeared who wanted to use Christianity for their own purposes.  That threat corrupted the church and still poisons churches today killing off the joy God gave to us and killing our witness.

How to share your faith

The first thing we need to do it to draw near to Christ and that means spending time with God.  In James we are reminded to come near to God and he will come near to you.  Psalms 46:10 says be still and know that I am God.  We’ve been given an amazing gift: eternal life and for this life the gift of the Holy Spirit.  If that really sinks in it will have an effect on every aspect of our life.  We’ll want to share the joy that we are experiencing and when that happens doors will open that we never would have expected.

So how do you draw near to God?  For me there are several things that strengthens my relationship.  First is quiet time and that usually means a walk.  If I sit and read or pray I’m usually fast asleep in a few minutes.  I have my great grandfather to thank for that trait.  He could sleep any where almost instantly but when I walk my mind is clear at least most of the time and I can talk to God and He can talk to me.  At times I’ll put on one of my favorite pastors and split the 2.7 mile course up between listening and praying.  The internet allows me to listen to and be encouraged by my favorite pastors every day.

Next is teaching 5th graders.  I hope they get as much out of the class as I do.  Spending time with God focused on teaching children draws me closer to God.  I recommend that everyone try teaching children in Sunday School.  The preparation brings me closer to God and it is a great way to become comfortable with sharing your faith.

Finally there open up your eyes.  I compare seeing God to seeing a car.  Have you ever noticed how many cars you see that are just like yours but how many other do you see?  Probably not many.  That is because we are tuned in and see cars that are like ours or ones that we are interested in but tuned out to all the others.  God is working all around us but if we are not tuned in we’ll miss our opportunities but when we are tuned in we’ll have opportunities to share our faith every day.

I think the most important factor in sharing our faith is allowing God to take over our life.  When we draw close to God amazing things will happen all around us.

Here is a simple card to share your faith when you go out to eat and a testimony from someone who used it.  If you would like more information on this card click here.

How to share your faith

 

 

 

 

 

 

Another praise for for how God is using your materials….. I use the “thank you …your service was awesome” cards all of the time.  This past week the waitress tracked me down as I was going out the door and said how timely Jeremiah 29:11 was for her that day.  Her husband had asked her for a separation and that morning Jeremiah 29:11 had been the verse that she had been thinking about…then to receive it in your card was an extra encouragement.
Only in Heaven will we know how far reaching each piece of material has been used!
Blessings as you continue serving Him!
Sincerely,
Kathy Yanchick

Gospel Tract Reviews

Gospel Tract Reviews: Do you use Gospel tracts?  Why?  Which ones do you like best?

Gospel Tract Reviews

Gospel tracts have been used for centuries as a short, effective (or not so effective) way to share the Gospel with both children and adults.  While the internet has changed the way many of us share our faith, Gospel tracts can still be an effective tool.  They are generally a short read and easy to carry around.

My daughter works at a Seafood restaurant, Sanibel’s in High Point NC and every week she receives 3 to 5 tracts.  Some are well done with a personal invitation to visit the church and some are very ineffective.

Here is my opinion on what makes a good Gospel tract:

  • Positive message that draws people to God.  I personally do not like any of the burn in Hell tracts that she receives.  Jesus came with compassion and love.  His anger and warning to turn back and follow God or you will burn in Hell was mostly directed toward the religious leaders.  While I know of a few stories that someone gave their life to God as the result of receiving at Gospel tract I think most are one step in leading people to God.  I like them if they present the full Gospel or have a link to the web with more information.  A QR code with a link is even better but I do not eliminate Gospel tracts that do not present the entire Gospel on them.
  • An interesting design or graphics that draws attention.  If you find one that captures attention either through really cool graphics or a creative design that Gospel tract will far more likely to be read and kept.

Top Gospel Tracts

Here is a list of some of the top Gospel tract companies that you may want to check out.  I left out one because I do not agree with their methods (or designs.  They make really ugly tracts).  I know a lot of people love them and their message but personally I would not want to be standing in front of Jesus trying to explain why I handed out those tracts so here is my “sanitized list”

  1. Living Waters tracts.  They do a lot more than just tracts but each tract that I have seen I’ve liked.  Good message and nice design.
  2. Billy Graham Evangelistic Association – Billy Graham has been a beacon since the 50s sharing the Christian message and his organization continues to spread the Gospel in many different ways.
  3. Crossway – They are a large publishing house and purchase American Tract Society a few years ago.
  4. Memory Cross – Ok you are on our site but if you landed here from a search engine we make a variety of origami inspired tracts for children, youth and adults.  There is a video below that shows how they fold.
  5. Tract Planet – They produce tracts both custom and standard
  6. Fellowship Tract league – They take donations to cover the cost of tracts and then offer them for free if you cannot afford to pay for them.

Here is the video I mentioned that shows how a Memory Cross folds.

What do you think makes a good Gospel tract and which one do you use?