Here is the question for the day:
If our church were to disappear, would Church at the Grove’s influence be missed?
Our role as a church is to be a bridge. As we serve and love those in our community we form a bridge through our actions over which the good news of Jesus can travel! I heard it said recently, “Influence is when you (church) become part of the fabric of the community.” My desire as a pastor is that Church at the Grove become a part of the fabric of the community. My former pastor Mike Linch spoke about this at a recent meeting of pastors and church leaders and it was a good reminder of the need for us to focus as a church on serving and loving our community.
Our community needs our church. Our church needs our community. True, lasting influence is gained over the long haul and leads to credibility with the community.
How do we “win” over the community….?
- We have to learn to love the things they love and get involved in the things that are important to them.
- My heart as a pastor is for God to raise up some leaders that will become the “flag waivers” (leaders) for our community ministry needs.
- We want to serve our community with “no strings attached” just like Jesus love on people He came into contact with.
- Popular author and blogger Seth Godin states, “If you are not remarkable, you are invisible.”
Church at the Grove, let’s dig in over the long haul, and through the power of the Holy Spirit, let’s serve our community in a remarkable way!
Check out my friend Brian Dodd’s thoughts on serving the community as a church: http://briandoddonleadership.com/2011/10/25/13-tips-on-how-churches-can-best-serve-their-communities/