Creating a Learning Network for Community Builders!
Valia- I would be interested in hearing your suggestions-in the hope that I could pass them on to my pastor and we could adjust them to fit our community. I currently attend a small church in a community that was economically stressed way before the current national economic crises. Our community is the dumping ground for Sex offenders and drug addicts. While I attended another church in this community we prayer walked...each group would cover different blocks. I felt led to stop in front of a particular house and pray regarding witchcraft...another woman who walked with a different group said she was also praying concerning witchcraft...we were overheard and the person yeah the Pastor also aware of witchcraft as soon as he came to the community. When I first met the deacon of my current church - he also was praying about the witchcraft in the area. I am not sure how that influences the community or church. There are a great many people who need Jesus in our community. From what I know the church had a social ministry and people year after year for a meal but few were being saved. I had heard the same from my former church concerning social ministry.
I have been in bigger churches where the visitors stay and become members and get involved with the church.
But there is little if any growth in knowledge of the Word or depth of relationship with Jesus Christ. The bible studies that attract and keep people coming back seem to be more self help and only superficially based on the Word of God. I know that the Pastors, Deacons and Elders love God and have a heart for the community.
Yet year after year the cry out to God -reach out to the community and are seeing very few come to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ.
Our community desperately needs to experience the gospel of Jesus Christ. We care the very best for your soul...