Statistics and idea's and methods.
I will give numbers and sites for sources. I don't endorse these sources in their beliefs or doctrines, just giving stat's and Bible facts related to them. I will also share my idea's on these methods and statistics.
People keep saying Door knocking is ineffective in the Kingdom. Maybe that's because they do it once or twice a year on a Saturday and think results will flow. Mormons and Jehovah Witness's are the fastest growing religions in America because they Door Knock. Alot. Here are some Stat's. "Whenever door-to-door evangelism is mentioned, people invariably think of Jehovah’s Witness and, to a lesser extent, Latter-day Saints (Mormons). Whereas only a tiny proportion of Mormons undertake two years’ missionary work, all Jehovah’s Witnesses (whether baptized or not) are expected to take part in the door-to-door work. They are referred to as “publishers.” They have to report their activity, which includes the number of hours spent each month going from house to house and in conducting Bible studies with interested people. In 2012, with 7.5 million publishers, the Jehovah’s Witnesses saw over 260,000 people baptized into their organization. On average, it takes 6,500 hours of activity to generate one new baptism. On that basis, door-to-door evangelism is a hugely time-consuming activity." Source http://www.gotquestions.org/door-to-door-evangelism.html
Fact: Flavil Yeakly, Jr. reported in a 1980 to 1995 report that while U.S. population grew 17% the (Lords) church grew 1.7%. Oklahoma had the largest decline of church members, Missouri had the largest decline of congregations and Tennessee had the largest decline of adherents (Members, children, and visitors). (Evangelism and Church Growth, Clayton Pepper, Vol. 2, No. 4; August, 1999; Clayton Pepper Center for Church Growth)
Fact: Jehovah’s Witness numbers in the U.S. have increased from 565,309 in 1980 (1981 Yearbook of Jehovah’s Witnesses) to 988,469 in 2000 and number over 6,000,000 worldwide (ibid., 2000).
Fact: The Mormon Church has grown from two million in 1963 (about the number of members of the churches of Christ) to three million in 1971, four million in 1978 and now about 11 million with over 5 million in the United States. During this time the numbers in the churches of Christ have remained essentially the same.
Fact: Recent Mormon Church statistics show that they knock 1000 doors before they typically set up ONE study.(Mormon newsletter for missionaries shown to James Palmer of We Care Ministries by a Mormon Elder)
Fact: We Care Ministries under the direction of White’s Ferry Road Church of Christ in West Monroe, LA has found that on average, during their campaigns, someone is found home for every six doors knocked. A study is set up for every three doors where someone is found home. When studies are set up, one-half of these studies result in a baptism into Christ. This means that on average, a conversion is made, a soul is saved for every 36 doors that are knocked on in We Care Campaigns.
The ratio of doors knocked to studies set up for We Care Ministries (one out of 18) compared to that of Mormons (one out of 1000) is striking. What we should see as embarrassing however, is the fact that in spite of their relatively unfruitful door-to-door evangelism, the Mormon Church is one of the fastest growing religious bodies in the U.S. today while churches of Christ have had essentially zero growth in the U.S. for many years. Mormon numbers have more than doubled in just over 20 years; Jehovah’s Witness numbers have increased 75% in the U.S. in the last 20 years. To what do the Mormons attribute their growth? Door-to-door evangelism. To what do the Jehovah’s Witnesses attribute their growth? Door-to-door evangelism.
Fact: Door-to-door evangelism works in the Memphis/Bartlett area. According to the web site for Central North Church which is located at 5955 Yale Rd, in May of 1982, "John Latimer felt the Lord tugging on his heart and telling him to start an independent, Bible-believing church for Christians living in outlying suburbs north of Memphis, Tennessee." (http://centralnorthchurch.org/history.htm).
It goes on to say that he "was then pastor of Oaklawn Baptist Church near Shelby Forest. He approached several members of Oaklawn and the successful Central Church, which had recently relocated from East Memphis to a larger facility on Winchester Road in southeast Shelby County, with the idea of starting a nondenominational church closer to their homes in Bartlett, TN. They felt that he was right on target. As a result, some 35 Christians began meeting in one another's homes for worship. Just three weeks later they rented a storefront in Raleigh Oaks Plaza Shopping Center at Austin Peay and Yale Rd." "Just six months later attendance had grown to 130 people after the church had hosted a successful revival, and members had knocked on the doors of 7,000 residents." It goes on to say that by July of 1992 the church had grown to a membership of 1500.
There has been a lie going around in churches of Christ for the last 20+ years, undoubtedly promoted by Satan, saying that door-to-door evangelism doesn’t work. Brothers and sisters, these facts don’t lie. They are undeniable. We should be ashamed!
I have actually had it suggested to me, even stated flatly by leaders of some congregations, that they don’t want a lot of new babes in Christ. They don’t think the church can nurture an influx of new Christians properly. In other words, effective evangelism would be a bad thing! When I hear this, I wonder if they would have asked Peter not to get carried away in his first sermon. How could only a handful of Christians handle an influx of 3000? The below source talks more about this and friendship evangelism, I'd encourage you to read the whole article. Personal relationships are the best approach to have positive outcome in sharing the Gospel. Door knocking and friendship evangelism: http://forgiveninchrist.org/doortodoorevangelism.shtml
I will share my two cents: Preachers and Christians unintentionally regurgitate the lie that Door knocking does not work, probably from folks who devoted a few Saturdays, for a few hours, or for a day in the sun passing out Gospel meeting flyers or handouts for events and then decided to give up. This compares to an overweight person in the gym working out for a day or two, not seeing six packs and 100 pound weight lose and saying exercise does not work. NO, it simply requires investment of time, discipline, dedication and effort to see results. However, the statistics show that it can happen with the necessary effort.
For door knocking, using flyers, tracts, and door hangers are a great method of spreading the Word. :) Business cards are cheaper.
Soliciting signs are from what I see, 40 percent of the time up in communities. Usually upper class. Lumping the word, "soliciting" for religion, politics, or charities is a gray line though, since such groups are not trying to sell, aka solicit money from people. But share data, take polls, promote a cause, or in our case, get a study. When I door knock in such places that have these signs, no one I interact with at home, really cares about the signs. The neighborhood board, etc makes such decisions, not the individual home owners. Also week days are not as good with finding people at home. Also they are not as friendly as they are in the weekends, (Saturday's and Sunday's.)
Mormons and JW ask for studies. Thats the main focus, not passing out materials, like flyers, etc. That is where the studies come from. This should be the main focus.
Simple and effective approach to door knocking, is to knock, when the door opens, to introduce yourself, by name, and to extent your arm to shake their hand. Then give context to why you are there. My church at the (name) and I are doing such and such. Ask openers, (questions that require social engagement of the other party). If you want a Bible study, ask questions centered around that, if you want to invite them to church, or a church event, ask questions centered around that. The goal is to get social interaction. Once such discussions have taken place. Then ask them if they would be interested, in either a study or in visiting your church or church event.