It's been said that there's a church on every corner, and often that is true. But do the people who live just down the street know about your church and the people who comprise it?
Someone once put it this way: "Witness at all times. If you have to, use words." Boost your church's outreach by encouraging your congregation to simply love the people in your community. While you're at it, why don't you and your family set the example?
It's as easy as . . .
The possibilities are endless. And there's plenty of need to go around. True, not every community event is "neutral," and you don't want to endorse something that goes against your beliefs. But, at the same time, hosting events at the church — even opening it up as a polling location during elections — will show that your church cares about your community.
When you roll up your sleeves and get your hands dirty or take the time to sit with a nursing home patient who has no visitors, you're giving up one of today's most precious commodities — time. And when those moments demonstrate Christ's love, well, that's time well spent.
Ever feel like you need to wear a mask to cover up who you are? Are you concerned that, if people knew who you really are and how you really felt, they wouldn't understand?
One minister, two jobs and the family that's at the top of the list. The number of bivocational ministers, those in full- or part-time ministry who carry an additional job, is estimated by some researchers to be as high as 30 percent of ministers nationwide.
"You should see the church they attend," Lucille said, armed with bulletin and newsletter. Creases formed across my brow as celebration gave way to comparisons a trap that had sprung too many times.