Leading Your Church to Invest in Your Community

A balanced ministry will invest in the physical, emotional, and spiritual health of your community.

Ben Taylor

Minister, Bellevue Loves Memphis

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Three Characteristics of Community Investment:
1. Biblical – most important
2. Practical – must be hands-on
3. Relevant – know your context and meet people where they are

1. Biblical
o Ephesians 4:11-12 – You are being trained to lead others. Pour into others.
o Jeremiah 29:7 – Be salt and light to your community. Slow down the destruction that sin causes in your community.
o Matthew 5:13-16
o Matthew 22:36-40
o Matthew 28:18-20
o Romans 12:18 – Pray for your leaders and live in peace with others.
o 1 Timothy 2:1-4

Leadership should reinforce the biblical foundation of City Investment in every aspect of the church’s ministry.

2. Practical
o Evaluate your resources. – **God is not limited by our resources, but be smart and know what you have available.
o People
o Materials – think outside the box
o Budget – don’t let it limit your dreaming o Know your people – success builds success – give responsibilities appropriately.
o Skills
oStrengths
oWeaknesses

Try to create a balance between struggle and success. This is where growth occurs.

        o Choose your partners (you are not able to meet every practical need):
o Churches – like faith, like minded
o Para-church organizations
o Civic organizations

Ask the partner, ‘what needs do you have?’

o Relief vs. Development – relief lifts an immediate burden; development is empowering for future change.

A balanced ministry will invest in the physical, emotional, and spiritual health of your community.

3. Relevant
        o Know your city. Research demographics. Know the area around your church as well as the larger metro area.
o Know the culture. The culture in the church and the city are often very different.
o Know the community leaders. Work to build their trust. Take the time to build relationships to accomplish the goals together.
o Do not make assumptions. Don’t feed the misconceptions. Don’t assume you know what the problem is and that you have the answers.
o “Your perception of me may not be my reality.”

 

Be willing to make long-term investments!
• Learn to give ministry away to be more effective.
• Use your influence where you are to create a culture of serving out in the community.
• Center Church by Tim Keller

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