Serving the community and region in which you live is one of the best ways to become a great church. One can’t calculate the impact. The effects are far reaching. The results are tremendous.
There are many facets to the church, the ministry and the kingdom mission, but serving is one of the hallmarks of a disciple. Jesus not only made it a point to model it, but told his disciples that this was a non-negotiable part of following him. A leader is a servant.
The other night, Harvest led music for a free community dinner hosted by a local church in the heart of Des Moines, Iowa. The set up was simple. Doors opened at 5:00 pm, people came and a free dinner was served from 5:20 – 6:20. There were approximately 100 people that came through that night. In addition to the free meal, there was a table with coupons all sorted and ready to go. There was also a rack of clothes that people had donated and were free for anyone who might have need. And they had some loaves of bread and other items available for people to take with them at the end.
The meal was simple, but plentiful. Harvest played music in the background while people had supper and they were all gracious to clap and cheer after each song. Since this Tuesday evening meal has been going on for eight plus years, quite a community had formed around the evening and the group of regulars that come.
It was just another example of a church being the hands and feet and serving the community. What is your church doing to become great? In order to become great, we must become a servant. You can never go wrong serving in the name of Jesus. I think that’s one of the reasons there are so many churches – each one reaching out to the community around them. Every church is uniquely gifted to be extraordinary in the kingdom!
Start by serving.
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Harvest Ministry Trips – Summer 2012