by by Karl Vaters / Christianity Today Pivot Blog / March 2017
can we reach our communities if they have no idea we love them?
will they know we love them if we don’t work alongside them?
Our church used to partner exclusively with other Christian ministries. For everything from missions to community service. Before that, we would only partner with ministries in our denomination.
Today, while we still only partner with Christian groups
for missions (can’t call it missions otherwise) up to half the groups
we partner with for local community service are not Christian-based.
No, we haven’t gone soft on our faithfulness to the gospel. And we have standards for those we will and will not partner with. But in the last few years we’ve decided to step outside
our previously normal routine and work with people and groups who don’t
identify as faith-based. Most, maybe all of them, have Christians in key leadership positions. But that’s not why we work with them.
Here are 8 reasons why it’s important for us to work with secular community groups.
1. It Increases Our Sphere of Influence 2. It Can Impact Their Perception of Christians – And Jesus 3. It Bursts Our Church-World Bubble 4. It Shakes Up Our Comfort Zone 5. They'll Help Us Reach People We Can't Reach 6. It's Less Self-Serving 7. It Stretches Our Faith 8. It’s Humbling