Reaching your community is vital to being a healthy, impactful church. But there’s a difference between the church referring to the people and the church referring to the charitable organisation. In this episode we explore how churches can think about bringing God’s Kingdom to earth in their community whilst not losing the church’s primary method of doing so, making disciples.
Setting the scene: Should your church run community activities?
The problems with running your own community activities
Difference between engaging in community activities and running them yourself
What is the role of the church?
WHY: So the dwelling of God is with humans
WHAT: God’s Kingdom on earth as it is in heaven
HOW: By Making Disciples until He returns
Community activities do 2 without doing 3
The role of the Para Church organisation
Outworks the wider mission of the kingdom, without doing the work of discipleship.
They are vital, and need more appreciation within the church
Having separation creates clearer lines
PCO’s are free to gain funding from additional sources under the banner of their own governing document
What should the church do?
Don’t run community programmes, partner with para church organisations and charities.
send Volunteers (as you grow this becomes the largest serving opportunity)
Give Money (Generosity Budget)
Keep Limited liability
Encouraging the church to BE the church
Meet needs without involving the church
Bring God’s Kingdom to earth in your workplace (by living out church values)
Not everything needs resource
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