The Summerville, S.C., Church continued their outreach-oriented momentum on March 24, 2018, by launching their Touch 10K Challenge. Touch 10K is an initiative of the regional conference personal ministries departments in partnership with their respective publishing departments. The simple goal is to inspire and empower each church to touch the lives of 10,000 people in their communities with the Gospel. Touching someone’s life could be through blood pressure screenings at a health fair, food distribution to the hungry, Vacation Bible School, or — as in this case — literature distribution.
The day began with a celebratory yet abbreviated worship service that transitioned into a witness service. The members were led into the community by their pastor, Raymond Johnson, along with South Atlantic Conference publishing director, Carl McRoy. After distributing about 300 Message magazines door to door, the members returned to the church to eat, testify about their 300 touches, and brainstorm various follow up strategies.
One provocative moment of the brainstorming session that emboldened the group was a revelation made plain through a demographic study. According to city-data.com, approximately 80,000 people (58.8 percent of the population) have no religious affiliation.
In spite of all the steeples punctuating the city of Summerville, “There are large numbers who do not listen to the preaching of God’s Word or attend any religious service. If they are reached by the Gospel, it must be carried to their homes,” Ministry of Healing, page 143-4. Upon learning this, the members agreed that touching 10K is only the beginning!
South Atlantic | June 2018