There has never been a better time to get involved in community development. Municipalities are looking for assistance in the face of an over burgeoning of social issues and shrinking revenue. What if churches would work together in entrepreneurial ways and create results? What if the impact of a sustained evangelical community development project reduced crime, teen pregnancy and lowered the recidivism of people back into the penal system? What if faith-based economic initiatives and mixed-income housing actually did bring back the economy to distraught communities? What if we could rebuild neighborhoods without displacing the poor? What if Churches again became vibrant assets to a community in which it was located? Maybe then not only we but the world, would understand what Jesus meant when He said, “Let your light so shine before men that they may glorify your Father in Heaven.”
The Church can do it. Churches that are concerned about youth, hire youth pastors and organize a youth program. Churches concerned about discipleship, hire a small groups pastor and organize a small group initiative. If we say we care for the poor, disadvantaged, those who are marginal; then why not organize ourselves and maybe even hire a person in charge of helping those in need? Why not take a large portion of the budget and dedicate it toward this ministry? Why not create ministries that allow church members to really get involved?
The purpose of this blog is to help spur people to action. In the years to come, we are hoping to see thousands of churches in all the major cities in the United States begin to take bold steps in helping turn around distraught neighborhoods. It is time for action. Here are some different areas you can get involved in Hunger; poverty; housing; addictions; homelessness; parenting; neighborhood repair; evangelism; healthcare; elder care; financial assistance; environmental care and conservation; single parenting; and mental health.