Active churches with members who share Christ’s love and compassion with their neighbours should have a positive impact on their community. We are called to be ‘salt and light’ in our communities, so our lives should be a good witness. Our actions should draw in other people.
Share responsibility for taking action with people outside the church. Skills in facilitation can help to ensure good participation. Discussions and plans must be made with community representatives. Give people in the community confidence to make changes that will improve their lives. This way of working may take a lot longer. However, it should result in more sustainable changes and prevent serious mistakes being made through lack of understanding.
The co-ordinating team should select people to meet different needs. Some people will be too busy to help. Some will not want to help because they are afraid, feel inadequate or fear the consequences. However, all church members need to feel a sense of ownership and support the action through prayer. Shared responsibility and ownership, within both the church and the community, should lead to shared satisfaction at results that improve people’s lives.