Understanding the Impact of Community Involvement on Church Health

March 15, 2018
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Churches are vital to the health of their communities. And if the church isn’t connected to its community, the fault lies on the church, not the community.

Today’s Listener Question:

FROM GUSTAVO

When a church seems content with having no impact in their community and having their members commute from outside the community, what reason can you give them to see the importance of turning that around?

Episode Highlights:

  • A church that does not live in its community is often not involved in its community.
  • The most positive impact on a neighborhood should come from churches in that neighborhood.
  • Don’t resent your community for not responding to your church like they once did.
  • As churches, we are making a poor representation of God when we do not love and reach our communities.
  • Your church is there for the community. The community is not there for your church.
  • Serving Christians are often joyful Christians.

The four critical understandings we discuss are:

  1. Understand the community has changed
  2. Understand the level to which they have been blessed
  3. Understand the community as an opportunity to display love
  4. Understand it is obedience

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Revitalize & Replant is sponsored by the North American Mission Board and ChurchReplanters.com. More than 10% of churches in North America are at risk of closing and the North American Mission Board is committed to reversing this trend by decreasing the death rate of existing churches while simultaneously increasing the birth rate of new churches. To learn more about what it means to become a replanting pastor or to explore resources for replanting and revitalization in your own church, visit ChurchReplanters.com.

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