Community Outreach

Five Attitudes to Avoid When Serving in Community
 
  1. When serving  in a community do not assume people do not have Jesus or a church because they have needs
  2. .Bringing assistance to a community should not convey an attitude that if they had Jesus; like us, the community would be better
  3. A false assumption made by many Outreach ministries to broken communities is that we are going to show them Jesus.
  4. Church must not confuse community service with spreading the gospel. 
    1. Proclaiming the good news or the Gospel is the central mission of Jesus and the church. “I must proclaim the good news of the kingdom of God to the other towns also, because that is why I was sent” Luke 4:43.  Everywhere Jesus went he healed the blind, the lame, and cast out demons; however, his main mission was to preach the good news. John’s disciples came to Jesus and ask if he was the one? Jesus replied, “Go back and report to Josh what you hear and see: The blind receive sight, the lame walk, those who have leprosy are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, and the good news is proclaimed to the poor” Matthew 11: 4-6.  Doing good and serving community is not the same as preaching the gospel. Try to develop relationships that will enable the gospel to be proclaimed. There are many organizations in addition to the church that do good, but they do not share the gospel. Doing good and being good is showing the gospel, but it is not same as sharing the gospel.  
  5. Be under the false impression that there will be immediate change and acceptance from the community.
    1. Be careful not to be a series of one hit wonders, serving community but not engaging community.  Many churches seek out poor and less fortunate communities to go in and hand out food, clothes, or some kind of give away event, but have no intention of engaging the community. Many times a church encourages the community to come to a building to receive a blessing from the multi million dollar facility and believe that this is community outreach.  A church needs to plan to be in the neighborhood for a years and on a consistent basis. Trust will take three to four years of being  in a community before the community will trust and truly accept the ministry. Churches will not develop relationships with all that is done are a couple of events a year. The people need to know that the church authentically cares about the community before they will trust the church with Jesus.