Nine Ways to Engage with Your Community
Practical ideas for demonstrating Christlike compassion
- Conduct a needs-based audit of the community.
- Research poverty, education, the percentage of single-parent households, the elderly population, crime, drug abuse, etc., in your community. Then invite the Holy Spirit to guide your response.
- Investigate what ministries and social services already exist in your community that your church can support.
- Get acquainted with the mayor, police chief, city council members and others who are working to improve the community.
- Support various community efforts (e.g., blood drives, food collections, cleanups, etc.).
- Appoint a “civic representative” for the church who attends city council and school board meetings and reports back to the congregation.
- Ask God to inspire churchgoers to start ministries that will meet physical and spiritual needs. Invest in helping them learn best practices.
- Conduct outreaches (e.g., adopt-a-block, food distribution, etc.). Ask other churches to participate. Invite the news media and community leaders to attend.
- Encourage congregants to pray for the poor and suffering by highlighting requests in church services.
This article originally appeared in the July/August 2018 edition of Influence magazine.