The Andrew Plan

The Andrew Plan for Outreach & Assimilation

The Andrew Plan for Outreach and Assimilation is a simple plan to bring the lost to Christ, and to then assimilate them into the life of the church/congregation.

I. The Andrew Plan

The Andrew Plan gets it's name from the Apostle Andrew. We are told in the Bible that as soon as Jesus called Andrew to be his disciple, that he (Andrew) went to his brother Peter, and brought him to Jesus. Andrew didn't spend a lot of time arguing or trying to prove that Jesus was the Christ; he simply told him, “We have found the Messiah.” And then we are told, “he brought him to Jesus.” It then was Jesus that did the “evangelizing” and not Andrew.
And that, in brief, is what the Andrew Plan is about. But it not only is a plan to bring the lost to saving faith in Christ, but it is also a plan to keep them from falling away by assimilating them into the life of church. The Andrew Plan is a simple three part plan in which those who are Christians are encouraged to do the following three things:
  • Attend a Bible Information Class
  • Bring your unchurched FRAN (friend, relative, associate, or neighbor) along with you, and when your FRAN becomes a Christian and joins your church,
  • Sponsor that individual until he or she becomes assimilated into the life of the church.
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II. The Advantages of the Andrew Plan

  1. It's Simple
    There is nothing complicated about this plan. You could easily explain it to anyone in a matter of minutes. In fact, it was this feature that one of our elders found most attractive. After I presented it to our congregation a few years ago he remarked, "You know I really like this plan. But what I really like about it is that it is so simple."
  2. It's Effective
    There are many different ways to reach the lost for Christ. But surveys show that between 70% to 90% of people who are brought into the church are brought in through this method. It's what we call “Friendship Evangelism;” people like Andrew bringing their FRAN (friends, relatives, associates & neighbors) to meet Jesus.
  3. It Involves Everyone
    The Great Commission ( to make disciples of all nations) was given to the Church, that is, to all Christians. This means that it's not just the job of those who are professionally trained (e.g. pastors & teachers) but all Christians are to share in this most important work. And really, how difficult is it to simply invite your unchurched FRAN to church or a Bible class. And to encourage you to do so, I would remind you that a recent survey conducted among unchurched people showed that over 96% would be “somewhat likely to attend church or a Bible class if invited by a friend”.
  4. It Will Bring Joy
    It will first of all bring great joy to our FRAN. Indeed, what greater joy is there than to know that because of what Jesus did (because he lived a perfect life for us, and paid for our every sin on Calvary's cross) that we are completely forgiven, and have the certain promise of eternal life in heaven. But we also have the joy of knowing that we had a part in bringing that soul to Jesus. It has been one of my greatest joys in life to come to church and worship along side of those whom I was priviledged to say, as did Andrew, “Come and see”.
  5. It Accomplishes Assimilation
    Surveys show that if new Christians are not assimilated into the church in a relatively short period of time, there is a high probability that they may fall away and not remain active members. This plan calls for the person who brings the new member to Christ, to also sponsor that individual until they become assimilated into the congregation. Now surely the church can do much to help in this assimilation process; but a truly concerned sponsor can add greatly to these efforts. Some of the things they can do are: introduce the new member to other members of the congregation (especially those with whom they have something in common); encourage then to come to church & Bible study, and be available to answer any questions they may have.

CONCLUSION

I'm glad that you have visited this web site. I hope that through it you have learned what “The Andrew Plan for Outreach and Assimilation” is all about. Before you leave this site I would also urge you to read the “COMMENT” section to see what others have had to say about it. And finally I would also urge you to read the “SUCESS STORIES” of those who have implemented this plan. In doing so, I am sure you will be convinced that not only is the Andrew Plan a great plan in theory, but that it ACTUALLY WORKS !
Sincerely in Christ,
Jim Lillo

Jim Lillo is a 1967 graduate of Bethany Lutheran Seminary (ELS) Mankato, MN and served as a pastor for 15 years; 5 years in the ELS and 10 years in the WELS. He is currently retired and living in Watertown, WI where he is a member of St. Mark's Lutheran Church (WELS) where he serves as a volunteer visitation pastor.