CONNECTING TO YOUR COMMUNITY
There are two methods for connecting to the community: evangelistic ministries (sometimes known as ministry evangelism, compassion ministries or social ministries) and servant evangelism. Servant evangelism involves simple acts of displaying the love of Christ; it is often event-based and is a way to briefly connect with people in the community at large. On the other hand, evangelistic ministries reach out to the hurting and neglected. Although it requires an ongoing investment of time and resources, evangelistic ministries have a greater depth for transforming lives.
If you're just beginning to explore ways you can connect to your community, get more detailed information about pathways to connecting to your community.
#1 Evangelistic Ministries
The BCNE actively offers equipping, coaching and networking in the evangelistic ministries listed below. We also offer resources and consultation for other types of evangelistic ministries. Click the button to learn more.
#2 Servant Evangelism
Servant evangelism is a combination of acts of kindness and intentional personal evangelism. Although servant evangelism usually revolves around a simple action, it can change the way people in the community view Christ and the church.
Why Evangelistic Ministries or Servant Evangelism?
- Help your church build new relationships for the Gospel. These ministries can help your church cross paths with people you would have never encountered otherwise.
- Provide unique witnessing opportunities. Some people will respond to the Gospel only after acts of service address their hurt or needs.
- A sign that a Christian believes the Gospel. Jonathan Edwards said that care for the poor is "a thing so essential, that the contrary cannot consist with a sincere love to God."
- Grow your church's relationship with the community. These ministries help the church connect with community leaders increase visibility in the community.
- Create new opportunities of service for your members. Many believers want to serve, but lack understanding of where to start.
- An avenue of discipling believers. Serving helps believers mature, put biblical principles into action, discover their spiritual gifts and grow in their ability to share their faith.
- Enable church members to catch a greater vision for local missions. Ministry opens the eyes of believers to needs right around them.
- Ability to help the church be inter-generational and cross-cultural. Ministry enables a church to build bridges for reaching different people groups with the Gospel and for involving many age groups in order to serve effectively.