What if churches stopped doing things FOR their community and started doing things WITH their community. As churches—mine included—we are constantly doing things and create ministries for our community instead of doing things with our community. I wonder if we would create a bigger impact if we partnered with our communities come Halloween time. I wonder if we would make a bigger statement of love and unity if we helped our local charities out during Thanksgiving and Christmas.
No doubt our communities appreciate what churches do for them, but it makes a louder statement to people and community officials when we partner with them. Not just that, but it gets us out of our Christian bubbles and forces us to interact with people who need Christ. Just maybe that mayor or business owner will see you differently and who knows what kind of doors could open up.
It’s the power of doing things WITH versus FOR!