I absolutely love speaking at Wild Game Feasts. Having come to Christ through the sport of hunting, I love to show more than 125 hunting pictures in a 45-minute PowerPoint presentation. In doing so, I share my testimony about how God led me from the creation to the Creator to Christ.
When churches call to ask if I will come as the speaker for their Wild Game Feasts, I only have one question: “Are you using your Wild Game Feasts as an outdoors event or an outreach event?” The size of the church or the size of the honorarium does not matter to me. That question is all that matters. They often answer, “Explain the difference.”
A Wild Game Feast is simply an outdoors event to bring outdoorsmen together and talk about some aspect of the outdoors such as hunting or fishing. Unsaved people are welcome but not targeted. The Gospel may not even be stressed, sometimes not even presented. I personally think that is an unjustifiable use of the church’s time, money, and facilities.
You can make your Wild Game Feast an outreach event by following the suggestions below:
1. Everything planned is planned with the unsaved in mind. The event is not for believers but instead for the non-Christians brought to the event by believers.
2. Tell believers repeatedly of the purpose for the evening – it is not for them but for their non-Christian acquaintances. With that in mind, there should be 50-70% non-Christians in attendance.
3. The speaker builds credibility with the audience by talking about his hunting, fishing episodes, etc. His purpose for the night, though, is to give a clear and extensive presentation of the gospel to an audience that is often God-fearing but not God-knowing.
4. The “net” is then drawn by giving unbelievers the opportunity to trust Christ that night. Through a response device, assure them that they will get information on how to grow as a Christian.
5. Each person attending receives a copy of a booklet such EvanTell’s May I Ask You A Question in the camouflage cover. Spiritually impacted by the evening, some will trust Christ in the privacy of their home that evening.
6. Door prizes are abundant - normally between 50 to 100. Believers are told ahead of time that if they get a door prize, they should extend it to their non-Christian friends as a gesture that God could use to bring him or her to Christ.
7. The church collects door prizes from every possible merchant in town, knowing their name will be mentioned that evening as a contributor to the event. This event brings the church closer to the merchants and the merchants closer to the church.
8. There is a charge for the event (with rare exceptions). Sometimes in the minds of non-Christians, if it cost nothing, it is worth nothing. Some churches have asked believers to buy several tickets, keeping one for themselves and giving the others to their non-Christian acquaintances.
9. The church uses rotating pictures during the meal in a PowerPoint presentation. They are pictures gathered from both Christians and non-Christians of their outdoor experiences. This further encourages them to come to the event to see their pictures on a rotating PowerPoint.
10. The church prepares and trains a committee ahead of time to follow up with every single visitor of the event, not simply the ones that indicated they trusted Christ. Numerous ones will come to Christ after the event that did not trust Christ during the event.
11. Prayer is a critical part of the event, recognizing that since this is such an effective outreach event, Satan will try his hardest to hinder the outreach.
One word comes through all this – intentionality. That intentionality is done with the idea that this is an outreach event, not simply an outdoors event. When done properly, it is one of the most effective outreaches that exists in our day.