Article by Eddie becker
Upward as a Bridge to the Community
1 John 4:7, nLT
Dear friends, let us continue to love one another, for love comes from God. Anyone who loves is a child of God and knows God.
Your love for one another will prove to the world that you are my disciples.
The Need For Relationships
The truth is many churches have a hard time connecting with their community. They offer fun one-day or week-long events, but is that truly effective at connecting unchurched families to the church? It’s almost as if the church and the local community are speaking a different language.
Many churches find connecting with their own members difficult, let alone the community outside the church walls. In a survey done by the Southwestern Baptist Theology Seminary Center for Revitalization, over one-third of believers said they strongly agreed they can “walk with God” without other believers. Nearly another third at least partially agreed they didn’t need others in their relationship with God.
Relationships are an essential part of discipleship within the church. But relationships are also the key tool for reaching those outside of the church. This is the exact method Jesus used for ministering to others. Mark 2 tells us about Jesus calling Matthew to follow him. Jesus then proceeded to have a meal with Matthew and other tax collectors and sinners. When confronted by the Pharisees about hanging out with sinners, Jesus responded simply “Healthy people don’t need a doctor- sick people do.” (Mark 2:17). Jesus didn’t just meet with the sinners, share a snack and a verse, then go on about his way. He spent meals with them. He talked to them, getting to know them while investing in their life.
Ministry touchpoints exist through a league’s calendar. Consider these ministry moments where you and your team of volunteers can impact your community.
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