Many church communities have a longstanding and comprehensive plan for church outreach and ministry, but some churches still don’t fully understand what they need to do to effectively plan and execute their church community outreach. Have you developed your outreach plan to the point where you can fully integrate it into your overall ministry?
“Church community outreach” can be thought of as a spectrum, from mere presence to true commitment.
We all know, and understand the first two categories, but it’s important that we recognize the third level of ministry, that of commitment. Often, the best-organized church communities lack the full commitment to evangelism that is needed to truly expand the number of people who attend their church.
Many of us look for those that “get it,” in terms of church-community outreach. If you don’t have someone like this in your church, then you must develop one. The challenge of finding and developing this important person can be daunting. Here are some things you can do to help you develop and sustain your “best friend” for church community outreach.
-Focus on what will bring the most benefit for your church community outreach: After you’ve spent a considerable amount of time analyzing the needs of your church, you’ll need to focus on those areas that will provide the greatest benefit for your church. What’s your primary concern? Is it building relationships with those in your area?
-Are you willing to do what it takes to help your congregation members in their time of need? You’re going to be there when they need you, but it’s also important that you’re not going to be there when they don’t. A true “giver” doesn’t stop being a true “giver” if he or she is asked to do something different.
-What does your church community outreach require of you? Are you going to call or send a letter of congratulations to every new member of your church? Or are you going to focus on bringing one person to Jesus every week?
-Are you willing to set aside your own interests and passions for the greater good of your congregation members? If you aren’t, then you will never reach out and ask someone to be baptized. You need to be committed to the mission of your church community outreach ministry.
What can you do to help others who are struggling to make it in today’s world?
If you need someone to pray for you, you need to be willing to do it.
-When you talk about building relationships, make sure you are doing so in a way that fits with your church’s mission and vision for the future of your church community outreach. Don’t be too aggressive, don’t be too passive, and don’t go it alone. Be an active participant.
-Learn the strengths and weaknesses of your church and your leader to determine which ministries and activities will best help you achieve your goals for church community outreach. You’ll want to make sure that you don’t cut down on these ministries and activities because they are not financially viable, but rather that you do them because they are important. Once you have determined what you must do and what you can live without, you’ll be in a much better position to choose the activities and ministries that are best suited to meeting your goals.
-Make sure that you actively participate in your church’s church community outreach meetings and programs. This is the only way that you will be able to determine which items are working and which ones aren’t, and you’ll also be better able to tell the success and failure of the programs.
- Knowing what your church has to offer and what you need to do to achieve your goals.
- Will help you immensely in creating a church community outreach program that works.
- Find a genuine friend who can share his or her experiences and knowledge of the activities of a church community outreach program.