Hands and Feet
Helping Your Church Engage Your Community
The Great Commission in Matthew 28 urges us to go out and make disciples throughout the ends of the earth with the promise that Christ will always be with us. Mark 12 states that the greatest commandments are to love God with all of our being and to love our neighbors as we love ourselves. Jesus demonstrated these principles in the way He lived His life and interacted with people. Driven by compassion, He desired to heal broken lives and bring joy to restored souls.
Sometimes, churches and members forget that this is a joint effort. As members, we expect our churches to develop ministries and programs for our community. As church institutions, we expect our members to bring family and friends into our buildings so that they can be exposed to our ministries. But when one expects the other to do all the work, our synergy takes a devastating blow and we are left with uninspired members and disengaged congregations.
However, if we are driven by compassion as a unit, if we desire to heal broken lives as a unit, and if we work together as a unit to bring joy and restore souls, we can make these principles a reality. Prayerfully consider how you contribute to your local church’s outreach mission synergy. Check out these tips to help you work together with your church to be the hands and feet of Jesus in a real, loving, and practical way!
Tell Your Story:
Next to Christ’s sacrifice, your story is the best story you can share with others. God has done incredible things in your life that are worth sharing with others. Have you been comforted through a tough loss or had God provide for you at precisely the right time? Sharing your experiences will encourage others!
Meet the Neighbors:
Get to know the individuals, families, business owners, and employees in your local vicinity by hosting an event just for them! Members can hand-deliver invitations for a community get-together, and provide a relaxed, friendly atmosphere to get to know them and allow them to get to know you.
Friend First Responders:
Let your local civic servants, police officers, firefighters, and paramedics, know that you and your church appreciate and value the work that they provide by scheduling a monthly meal drop-off, delivering gift baskets, or honoring their work through a special program at your church. Get to know them and their families by selecting a different family on a rotating schedule to visit and care for.
Provide Free Resources:
Our churches are made up of people with a variety of God-given talents and skills. Encourage each other to share this knowledge with the community through classes and workshops. Develop programs that reach out to specific segments of your communities, such as families needing transportation or home-bound seniors. It could be that the members of your church have just the right skills to reach these individuals.