I am a Church Coordinator/Volunteer
The church is situated in a unique position as the institution God has placed in history to bring the manifestation of the invisible, spiritual realm into the visible, physical realm. The church is the linking entity ushering in heaven’s order into the context and chaos of history.
Serving those in need is a way of administering spiritual justice.
While the distinct line between the church and state should and must always be upheld, the call to serve those in need stands at the forefront of what we are to be about. Good works communicate both hope and love to those in need and can be done through a combination of practical services which include a technology institute, food pantry, pregnancy center, counseling center, life skills coaching, school-based mentoring, back-to-school rallies and more.
First steps to starting a social outreach initiative is to acquire the necessary tools and training to implement a successful and transformational program. Depending on whether you are beginning from the first step or whether you have an existing program model that you simply want to tweak, refine or expand upon, we have a variety of training options to satisfy your needs to get started. You can learn more about these here.
As you examine and decide on which training option you want to participate in whether that be hosting a team of qualified instructors in your area for a one-day Church and Schools Partnerships Training, opting for college credit through one of our Distance Learning opportunities, or being self-paced with our Starting a School-Based Mentoring Program training – you will need to do a number of other things as well:
- Gather several individuals from your church who will commit to participating in a prayer group for this outreach. Either meet in person or by phone to regularly pray for wisdom, direction and favor in this endeavor.
- Bring this vision before the governing leaders, elders, pastor or board of your local church for approval and direction.
- Learn all you can about the public schools in your area. Do any of them have any greater needs than any others? What are those needs? What are the deficiencies that either budget cuts or other factors may have increased recently and where the school administrators may be looking to outside help for assistance.
- Initiate a dialogue with those involved at the public schools in your area to hear from their hearts about how they can best be served. We have found that each school has different needs. Discover how you can merge the strengths of your church body with a need in the local public school to bring about positive changes for those involved.
- Raise awareness within your church concerning the high calling to serve those in need locally.