Growing the Church for Christ by meeting Community Needs

Meeting needs

Outreach includes meeting Physical needs

One of the best ways to reach a community for Christ is to reach out to their physical needs. Over and over again in the Bible we see Christ reaching out to the dirty, the sick, the hungry and the hurting.  We have all heard the saying that “people don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care.”  I know that often we feel overwhelmed by the needs around us, but even the smallest things can make a big difference. And sometimes partnering with the right people will make a huge impact. Below is an article by one of our Celera Coaches, Jason Harper, regarding partnering in order to meet the physical needs of the community.

Beauty: Moving From Hunger to Hope

Last week we had an incredible thing happen. Here is the back story. Over 2 years ago, I shared with Michelle that I wanted to be able to send every Oak Ridge Elementary student home on Friday with enough food to feed their family over the 48 hour weekend. The problem is that 452 students represents approximately 2000 people.

Last Thursday, Michelle was asked to meet with the great folks at the Sacramento Food Bank. These incredible people have shared the same vision but didn’t have the mechanism to disseminate the food. We didn’t have the food. Together, we are stronger.

The beautiful people of Oak Park are often under nourished. We hold in our hand the ability to serve…to give…to go.

We have the ability to do it because it is the right thing with no other motive.

Imagine the impact when we launch this on October 16th. On this day, we will do our first distribution. We need volunteers to have a passion to pursue this monumental feat of sheer logistics.

It is possible.

Just as Jesus partnered with his disciples and a small boy with a lunch in order to feed thousands, so are we often more effective when we parter with those on the same journey. Could Jesus have fed the multitudes with out the help. Absolutely! But he chose to model the art of working together.

Until next time,

Chris Sonksen


Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, spoke up, “Here is a boy with five small barley loaves and two small fish…”

Jesus said, “Have the people sit down.” There was plenty of grass in that place, and the men sat down, about five thousand of them. Jesus then took the loaves, gave thanks, and distributed to those who were seated as much as they wanted. He did the same with the fish.

When they had all had enough to eat, he said to his disciples, “Gather the pieces that are left over. Let nothing be wasted.” So they gathered them and filled twelve baskets with the pieces of the five barley loaves left over by those who had eaten.

John 6:8-13


About Chris Sonksen

Chris Sonksen is the founder and Lead Pastor of South Hills Church and has an exceptional ability to inspire both secular and non-secular audiences. Under his leadership, South Hills has experienced phenomenal growth and in just a few short years has grown from a handful of people to nearly 3000 in attendance today. Today South Hills has become a thriving, multi-service and multi-site church. Chris has a magnetic, captivating and humorous style for motivating and inspiring all audiences. As a motivational speaker, he has spoken both nationally and internationally in companies such as Verizon, Securitas and Home Depot, and there is no doubt that by applying his teachings, his audience will improve the quality of their lives! Chris is the author of two books In Search of Higher Ground and Handshake. Chris is the founder of Celera Church Strategy Group an organization with an unwavering commitment to excellence in all things, with the goal to “raise the national average of church attendance,” by equipping church leaders with resources and coaching. Chris brings high-energy focus and a passion for vision and leadership to encourage and equip the local Church. Chris is a native Californian, born in Long Beach and currently resides in Corona with his wife, Laura and their two children, Grace and Aidan.

Posted on May 18, 2010, in church growth, Connecting, outreach, Seek and Save the Lost and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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