Risking to outreach
This past Saturday we hosted our second annual food drive/day of outreach. Don’t let the name fool you. Community outreach is something we feel very passionately about here at South Hills. This is just one special day where we stretch ourselves to further reach out to our community.
On that one day the South Hills family fed 409 families that represented 2,300 people. On that day we also provided clothing, haircuts and connected people to free job skills classes from Smooth Transition. Many families said “thank you so much, we have no food in our home.” And “Thank you so much, this is a months’ worth of food for our family.”
Also the staff and volunteers had blast! Here is what one volunteer said:
“My time spent serving the community was one of the most fulfilling experiences in my life. Several times throughout the day I felt the Lords presence and Him overwhelming me with total joy. I caught myself having to stop several times so that I could gather my emotions. God is awesome!”
It was a fantastic day!
So why did we do this? Because we have made a commitment to “Raise Your Risk for the Disadvantaged” We want to be the flesh of Christ to literally touch people with His love.
Why am I telling you this? To toot our own horn? Well maybe a little. I am very proud of all of our staff, volunteers, and contributors who made this day happen. They worked well and gave big. But equal to that, I want to encourage you to reach out to those in your community who need a loving hand up.
I want to encourage you to be a church that demonstrates a gigantic, God-sized faith. Jesus said, if you love me, you’ll do what I ask. So what did he ask us to do? Seek & save the lost. Serve “the least of these.” Go and make disciples, baptize them. Go farther than your church, farther than your own town, help the church in the next county or another state or even on the other side of the world. These are the radical ideas of our RISK Project.
We raise our risk level when we’re willing to get our hands dirty to meet the needs of the needy. We raise our risk level when we decide to cross the line to have a conversation with a friend to bring them to Christ. We raise our risk level when we say I’ll sacrifice to give more dollars to help other churches grow, to leverage our resources for maximum impact. When you demonstrate a radical risk of faith, incredible things will happen.
Until next time,
QUOTES OF THE DAY
“Knowing is not enough, we must apply. Wiling is not enough, we must do.”
– TJohann Wolfgang Von Goethe
“Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms. If you speak, you should do so as one who speaks the very words of God. If you serve, you should do so with the strength God provides, so that in all things God may be praised through Jesus Christ. To him be the glory and the power for ever and ever. Amen.” – 1 Peter 4: 10-11
Posted on August 21, 2010, in church growth, Connecting, outreach, Seek and Save the Lost, Uncategorized and tagged be resourceful, church growth, churches working together, community, new thinking, outreach, passion, shared vision, take action, take risk. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.