A 2 Minute Read - By Chris Bright - posted on December 8, 2020

Podcast 23. Should churches run community programmes?


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.

Key Points

  1. Setting the scene: Should your church run community activities?
    1. The problems with running your own community activities
    2. Difference between engaging in community activities and running them yourself
  2. What is the role of the church?
    1. WHY: So the dwelling of God is with humans
    2. WHAT: God’s Kingdom on earth as it is in heaven
    3. HOW: By Making Disciples until He returns
    4. Community activities do 2 without doing 3
  3. The role of the Para Church organisation
    1. Outworks the wider mission of the kingdom, without doing the work of discipleship.
    2. They are vital, and need more appreciation within the church
    3. Having separation creates clearer lines
    4. PCO’s are free to gain funding from additional sources under the banner of their own governing document
  4. What should the church do?
    1. Don’t run community programmes, partner with para church organisations and charities.
    2. send Volunteers (as you grow this becomes the largest serving opportunity)
    3. Give Money (Generosity Budget)
    4. Keep Limited liability
    5. Encouraging the church to BE the church
      1. Meet needs without involving the church
      2. Bring God’s Kingdom to earth in your workplace (by living out church values)
      3. Be entrepreneurial 
      4. Not everything needs resource

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