How to Effectively Operate
a Parade Ministry
Friday, April 04, 2014
Use your help
If you are the only one, then do it yourself. We have done
it, just my wife and I, even just me on some occasions.
Once others hear about how well it works, they will want to know
We know a pastor in Guymon, OK, who has a Bar B Q after their local
parade, at the church for all who help. He has a large number,
plus, help from other churches in neighboring towns. Nobody
was doing parades, until he determined he would.
Bag your tracts
If you have a lot of helpers, put two to four hundred tracts to the
bag. If you put more, workers will begin to complain and make
excuses before you even start.
If it is just you, put about one thousand in one bag. If you walk
fast, don't stop to visit along the way and there is a good crowd,
you can easily get out one thousand tracts. Depending on the type of
tract given out, more than one thousand can become heavy for some
Place your helpers
Pair them up and stage them out along the parade route.
We like to put a couple on either side of the street and assign them
2 or 3 or 4 blocks or more, depending on the density of the crowd.
As the parade comes to their area they can begin working the crowd.
Since they do not start working the parade until the parade arrives
in their area, the crowd seems to think they are part of it and they
seem to be more willing to accept a tract. If you are very
undermanned, begin as soon as the crowd arrives or else time will
run out before you can distribute a good number of tracts.
Do not forget about the parade participants. Use several pairs to
pass-out tracts to them starting a few minutes before the parade
begins. Remember to start at the beginning point of the parade
participants and work towards the end. Once finished, these workers
can go to a part of the parade of which you did not have workers.
The idea is to give everyone a tract.
Stay out of
Don't waste your helpers to wave at the crowd from a float and
throw candy at them. Use them to put tracts in willing hands.
We realize that most preachers want to advertise their church. Leave
advertisements to when and where a personal witness or tract witness
is not possible. Do not substitute a any kind of witness with an
Most Parade Committees will ask Parade Participants to sign a
contract to be in the parade. Most of these contracts will bind the
participants to either being on the float or walking along side the
float. This will limit tract distribution to only those walking
along side the float. They will miss hundreds who are deeper in the
crowd than the first row, plus if the parade is long, they will tire
and effectiveness is lost. Very few will listen to this advise and
they will miss a great opportunity to touch a large portion of their
community and surrounding communities with a Gospel tract.
Let your helpers know that at a Parade you are not wanting to try to
witness, just get the Word in receptive hands. God's Word will
not return void.
* Expect to get rid of every tract
* Expect to flood the community with the Word
* Expect the Lord to take over when the tracts are
* Expect to see some results ...
- Next Sunday morning
- Shortly after the rapture of the Church
* Expect the tracts to convict ...
- soften hearts, or
- harden hearts
either way you have done your job.
Make Notes of Experiences
Tell everyone that you will be asking on Sunday for testimonies. Not
bad experiences, but the good ones. Tell them to be ready to see
people's reactions, their comments, reception, people from other
churches reaction, etc. This will help people get started in a Tract
Ministry and obtain more helpers for the next parade.
Make a note of your own experiences, if you are the pastor, and
relate them first during the service, so others can see how it
The Song Leader at our church for years, came to the church to
begin with, because he had picked up a tract on the ground at our
G. Steven Andres
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