Strengthening Community Engagement

– Inspiring our people (the members of our community) to serve and share the love of Jesus with the communities beyond us (around us?) through deed and word.

7 Responses to “Strengthening Community Engagement”

  1. Cecilia says:

    How do we “inspire our people”? Effective and meaningful outreach can only take place when it comes from a place of abundant and authentic experience with our Creator. How can we deepen the authenticity of this experience in our gathering times as a community? I know this is not an answer but a genuine question…but it is the only meaningful starting place for a discussion on reaching out (which is what I see us doing when we seek to engage our community with one another and with the world outside our building)

  2. Kent a. says:

    as much as I agree with Cecilia’s comment, there is also a strong consistent call to be “salt and light” and “a servant”, and providing opportunities and challenges for us to slip out of our comfort zones, can also lead to changing hearts and effective ministry/outreach. We need to always be challenged to “just do it”!

  3. Fraser says:

    In Matt 28 we are instructed to share the gospel.
    In Acts 1:8 we are told how that will be accomplished.
    You will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you, and you will be my witnesses … to the ends of the earth.
    Deep down, I wonder if we really believe that scripture is right, and Jesus is the only way to the Father. If that truth doesn’t give us motivation to reach out to our family, friends, and neighbors, what will? Is there any urgency when we interact with our community?

  4. Alan Barr says:

    Good statement. I prefer the phrases “the members of our community” and “around us”. My only thought is whether the verb “Inspiring” is sufficient. How about “Teaching, inspiring and encouraging”?

  5. Kyla says:

    I agree with Allan’s thoughts. I particularly like inspiring and encouraging. Not as sure about teaching…

  6. Dorothy says:

    I, too, agree with Allan’s thoughts and prefer the wording “teaching, inspiring and encouraging.” We have to be careful, though, not to get lost in too many words.

  7. Jenelle Lepp says:

    Good comments and questions. I believe that this will be a natural result of strengthing spiritual formation. The five facets of spiritual formation (according to the article I posted on the previous page) are: reflective reading, active repentance, total stewardship, penetrating prayer, and community accountability. I believe that as we engage in these disciplines we will deepen our relationship with Jesus, we will be filled with the love of God and his Holy Spirit and that love in turn will spill over in service and sharing the love of Jesus with others.

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