Call it church marketing if you want, but Southeast Christian in Louisville, Ky. (my own church) is taking a unique approach to reaching the community.
Kyle Idleman has taken a three-part sermon series and turned it on its ear. The series is focused on prayer, not so much how to pray, but why we should pray. In an effort to connect the community to prayer, 25 small ballot boxes were placed around town.
You’ll find them in restaurants, doctor’s offices, bus stations, stores and even a prison. Each box has a simple sign letting people know they can write their prayer request on a slip of paper and a church in their community will pray for them. Or if they would like they can visit www.prayerboxnetwork.com (Ed. note: Link no longer working as of June 15th, 2008) and enter their request or praise online.
It’s all a part of a sermon series called “Welcome to the Network” and people are responding. The web site is filling up with prayer requests, some are short and simple, others are longer, but more importantly, people are praying for each other.
Sometimes the greatest marketing a church can do to help a lost world is to simply reach out its hand with a promise to pray.