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How one church reshaped an internal program to serve its community

Photo credit: "Jesus Feeds the Hungry" by Tony the Misfit on Flickr

Photo credit: “Jesus Feeds the Hungry” by Tony the Misfit on Flickr

We were a pastoral-size church (150 or less in attendance on Sundays) seeking to grow and trying a programmatic model to do so. We felt pretty good about our “if we provide it, folks will come” method. Who wouldn’t want to come and check out (and hopefully join) a loving and unassuming group of Christians like us?

Except the programs didn’t do what we hoped they would.

We hired a consultant to come and help us revitalize our congregation and its sense of mission.

As the conclusion of our time with the consultant drew near, we felt overwhelmed. What were we to do? Where would we begin? Would this really work? The consultant encouraged and got us moving with a simple exercise.

“Think about what you already have going for you, because you have great stuff,” he began. “What is there that you might be able to rework, to ‘turn outward’ so that it serves your community in mission and not only the congregation?”

Serving our community in mission? At that point we were mildly active in that capacity. Mostly, we gave money to needy individuals and local organizations that requested it. Translation: our community mission “canvas” was blank and ripe for creative activity. …

Please click here to continue reading the article on GiftedforLeadership.com.


Deeply Loved Advent Blog Hop Series Book Giveaway

Advent seriesThanks to the generosity of twelve talented Christian authors, we’re doing a book giveaway each week during the Deeply Loved Advent blog hop series. For information about the weekly book giveaways, please click here.

This week we’ll draw for three books…

Deeply Loved: 40 Ways in 40 Days to Experience the Heart of Jesus by Keri Wyatt Kent, the namesake and conversation partner of the Advent blog hop series

A Good and Perfect Gift: Faith, Expectations, and a Little Girl Named Penny by Amy Julia Becker

The Spirit of Food: 34 Writers on Feasting and Fasting Toward God by Leslie Leyland Fields

Winners of this week’s drawing will be announced on this site, “Woman, in Progress…” on Friday, December 7.

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