I believe that our church¹s purpose in the community should be one of a leader. When the community has a crisis, we should be the ones they turn to. When the community needs volunteers for any community project we should be first to volunteer. When the community needs to vote on any important issue we should be there to let our voices be heard.
Far too often, communities reach out to our churches only to be turned away because we say we are just too busy. Let me ask you a question, if our churches are not involved in our local communities then why do we exist at all? This should be first on every church¹s agenda. If it is not, then we need to change our mission statements.
Even though I am the pastor of a small church, I try to get our church involved in as much of what is going on in our community as I can. Remember that being involved does not mean we only will pray for you. It means partnering with the community as a whole to let them know that we care. Not by what we say but by what we do.