What is the best thing a church can do in the community? Perry Noble, New Springs Church, asked this question during a recent podcast and it resonated with me.
When we think of reaching our community, we immediately think of tangible outreach. We think of going out to the community, working with ministries, schools, etc.
But, what if the community needs us to be a great place to worship and meet Jesus? The best thing we may be able to do for the community is to provide a great worship service that invites and involves people. This would really be an asset to the community – a growing church that is making an impact on people’s lives helping them to become better moms and dads, better neighbors, stronger believers, more faithful parents, and on and on!
The best thing the church may be able to give to the community is to be a great church! To provide great opportunities for worship and growth in faith. There isn’t any other organization in your area that is putting a priority on worshiping God and building a deep faith in people. The best gift we have to offer is Jesus who can change people’s lives as they encounter Him.
It’s not that other outreach ministries, volunteering in community events, helping people or picking up trash along the road is bad – in fact, it will be an outpouring from members of a strong, healthy church. But if it’s our first goal, we will become watered down, Sundays will be second priority and we will not be able to have the kind of impact we are called to have on the lives of people in our region.
The local church ought to excel in love, in worship, in community and in hospitality. It’s the best thing we can do those in our geographical area.
If every local church is truly the church in their area, wouldn’t the overall church grow? If you think about each local church as a franchise, it’s a mind boggling organization that has the power to accomplish amazing kingdom work!
Here’s the steakhouse theory that has always stuck with me: If you want to be the world’s greatest steakhouse, you start by being the best steakhouse in your community.
Do what your church does best, what only a church can do in your community. Offer Jesus Christ to people, offer great opportunities for people to worship on Sunday, and pray for transformed lives.
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