Elder’s Digest Series: 10 Commandments for Developing an Effective Community-based Ministry
- How to Be a Good Farmer—Even in the City (related PowerPoint presentation) Ten Commandments for developing community-based ministries. Read More.
- Once a Month Jesus Comes and Holds My Hand Christianity is ultimately about this—that you become Jesus for somebody. Read More.
- Our Community Does Not Know Us How can a church connect with a community that does not trust them? Read More.
- Help, Lord! I’ve Been Asked to Plant a Church! When you plant a ministry first, using intentional steps to meet real needs in the community, the resulting church plant will likely be more focused on ministry/outreach and not just the church itself. Read More.
- “As I Walked Around and Looked Carefully . . .” In preparing to serve our community we must go among the people and experience the environment where they live and work, looking at them through the caring eyes of Jesus. Read More.
- “You’re the First Church That Ever Asked . . .” A fatal flaw in many ministries to the community is taking the “crystal ball” approach. Read More.
- “We Can’t Afford Not to Have Someone Like This in Our Community . . .”Money capital grows when you make investments in your money account. Your social capital grows when you make investments in relationships around you. Read More.
- Strategic Ministry Planning A prominent theory about church leadership is that pastors go up the mountain, meet God, and receive a vision about the future plans of their church. Then they come down from the mountain and share this vision with their congregation—what we could call “the Moses model.” Is this the way to develop the vision and ministry plan for your congregation? No. Read More.
- Where is God Already Acitve In Your Community? Every year, Pastor Eric Shadle and his church members from Richand, Washington, USA, Adventist Church re-evaluate their community outreach. They meet and endeavor to answer two questions: Where is God Already Active in Our Community? How can we join Him? Much more can be accomplished in transforming neighborhoods in Jesus’ name if we collaborate with community organizations. Read More.
- Reap Them and Keep Them Why are we talking about an 11th Commandment in a series of “10 Farming Commandments?” Because “gospel farming” leads to something equally important—reaping and keeping. Read More
An inspiring story of how a few individuals were able to transform a whole community for the better and what lessons Adventists can learn. Read More.
Why it’s important for our community ministries to emphasize working with and alongside the people we are serving. Read More.
National leader enlists further support from church to address social, economic challenges Read More.
Local congregations often organize around their “insiders” rather than around their mission to their community. Church members need to become “insiders” with people and organizations in the community around their church—just like salt mixed inside dough transforms it. It’s not only about us—the salt. . . to read more Read More.
Community outreach is a way to enhance and transform traditional witnessing methods. We need a paradigm shift. What would it be like if every Adventist church was seen by their communities as indispensable, and Adventist pastors nurtured their communities, not only their church members? To read more, Read More.
“Don’t confine spirituality to the church pew,” Seventh-day Adventist world church president Jan Paulsen told a group of church leaders during remarks meant to kindle more deliberate community involvement by Adventists, who -- despite recent marginal improvements -- still score low in ministry beyond the pulpit according to church officials. Read more. Read More.
Observing the Sabbath is related to our relationship to God and others. Sabbath is a weekly time-gift that carves out an undistracted opportunity to focus on unselfish service for God and humanity. Meaningful Sabbath-keeping occurs when we seek guidance in living it based on biblical principles. This article will explore some of these principles, which provide a foundation for our Sabbath rules/practices. God will help us to reflect and live His character as we translate these principles into actions. What better day to reflect His nature than on Sabbath—the day above all days! Read More.
Nestled away in Ezekiel 47 is a refreshing stream of hope and good news for thirsty and dying communities around us. The passage begs a question: Is your church a river church? As you read this article you will be encouraged to realize that even though your church may seem to have little impact in your community, the healing waters from your church can grow and grow, bringing life wherever they flow. Read More.
Many times we have viewed service as an obligation rather than an opportunity. When our lives are overtaxed and out of balance and harmony, the obligation part might overshadow the opportunity part. Joy is hard to come by when you are worn and tired. How can joy in service happen in your life? As you read this article you will see that joyful service is a healthy thing to do. Read More.
Witness the community outreach of a church in Singapore that actuated the concept of Paying It Forward. Read More