So what is stopping you and your church from making an impact in your community? Here are a few things you can do that may get the ball rolling.
1. Educate yourself on the issues. Become discerning and wise.
2. Understand what the scriptures have to say about justice, love, mercy, peace.
3. Team with others – Take what you have learned and share it with others. Get groups studying what you have learned.
Don’t Do It Alone
There is no reason that you have to do good alone. Others can help. Having others help shares the workload and expenses. This way it is not just the burden of one church. The more people the more work is done. If we are going to make a difference, why not make a BIG difference. For the little more work it takes to invite a few churches, friends, neighbors or businesses to work with you the impact can be huge. Remember when you recruit someone you often are recruiting their network. It only takes one person to get their family or place of business involved to change a small project into a large significant impact.
Always try to increase the impact. There are many secular groups that are doing good and would love the help of a church with no strings attached. They have the expertise that you need. You have the manpower. It would be great to work together.
Leverage with others income
Donors, sponsors, companies often designate dollars for good charitable work. Again, you have the manpower (especially if you combine other churches with yours) people will be happy to invest where their dollars will go further.
Leverage the government
Inform yourself on issues and vote. When you vote you are instructing the government to work on your behalf. If you are concerned that your vote will not be enough then organize others to vote with you.
Another way is to use Government Grants, and local agencies to help supplement what you are doing. There are many good things that the government would be happy to pay for. They are interested in leveraging their money too.
Be an Advocate
You have a voice, use it. We have a collective voice we can use it as well. Letters, call in on radio, public meetings. If there are situations that need to be fixed then let us use our voice to help advocate for change.
Prayer is a mighty force. As God’s ambassadors on this earth we are invited to join God in His work. He asks us to come to Him and intercede for those in need.
So start dreaming. What can you and your church do? Who can you get involved with you? God wants to impact the world and He wants to do it through you!