Let’s talk about making that real lasting investment in our communities, and making it outside of our church. (Catch-up with the introduction HERE.) I love MY church, THE church, and the calling of the church. However, sincerely believing that doesn’t mean that the Church Can Do Everything, and it doesn’t end there. One of the most important benefits to us as leaders to serve outside of our churches, is it Helps to Make our Message Real.
Helping to Make our Message Real
I know that for years I would speak, preach, teach, and talk family, family, family. However, it wasn’t until I started fostering kids in my home that people began to listen. There is something about backing up your message that will soften the hearts of the people you lead. Those you influence will begin to see you truly leading from your passions in all areas of your life, and there may be no greater testimony that that to the people in our churches.
What in our personal life backs up what you preach? And don’t say the work you do at the church! That’s only part of it. Your calling is bigger than that 3 hour window on Sunday Mornings! Put some legs to all your talk of life-change, family discipleship, and bringing hope to children. It’s time for those in churches to back up our Sunday talk with some Monday living. We are not exempt from community outreach, just because we are ministers within a local church.
But what does it look like? That’s up for you to decide.