It wasn’t that long ago that the local church was the “center of town”. Look at small town America. Look at cities all over Europe. Churches were built to be a place of refuge and help, not only a place of worship. As people in need came to the church, they also found hope. The church was the spiritual and cultural hub of the city.
And people gave to the church because they knew much of the money they gave would go to help the poor.
Today, there are a lot of church cynics. People who think the church is about collecting tithes. They don’t think the church cares. They think it’s full of hypocrites. They think all pastors care about is growing a bigger church. They can’t see God’s love because they haven’t clearly seen ours. They don’t see us reaching out so they believe we’re all about bringing (money and people) in.
The reality is that the church does care. Christians care. The problem is not a lack of desire, it’s an inability for our churches to understand and communicate the needs in the community to the members of the churches. Church members have the ability to help local families and ministries, but they don’t know where those abilities are needed. The church isn’t providing a window to the outside world from inside the 4 walls of the church. Not because it doesn’t want to but because it can’t. There are just too many needs and too little staff…until NOW! Yes, that was a teaser! TO BE CONTINUED…