I am going to brag on my church (Northview) here. This weekend we conducted our annual Good Neighbor Weekend. We canceled services and sent the entire congregation out into the community to serve. Why I love being at Northview is that we believe enough in what we preach to put it into practice. Jesus calls us to: “…Serve one another humbly in love” (Galatians 5:13).
The group I was in this morning was serving on the South-Side of Indianapolis. We were landscaping a community area in a neighborhood, and it was amazing. Not because we were landscaping but the neighborhood’s reaction to us. They were coming out of their houses to bring us coffee – one guy even made a cake. Another family joined in to help and opened their home up to people needing a restroom. This community was shocked that a church on the North-Side that they had never heard of, would come love on them. It was a true blessing.
The effort and man hours it takes to organize this is incredible. Our Outreach team spends months getting places for the church to serve, getting people placed in groups and so on. I have to say their team is impressive. I had it relatively easy this weekend with a small band and 2 vocal mics to deal with at the send off party. They had to get 4,000 people to sign in, form groups and then travel to their location to serve. My hat is off to you Outreach Team!
“In everything I did, I showed you that by this kind of hard work we must help the weak, remembering the words the Lord Jesus himself said: ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’ ” Acts 20:35
The other reality of the matter is it costs a lot of money for the church to put this on. It’s a whole lotta faith that our leadership has that our people will remember to tithe. Even though we’re not meeting as a body for a structured worship service, the bills still have to be paid. As our Lead Pastor Steve Poe (@pastorsteve) said at the commissioning service, “We decided it was more important to get out and serve .” That is why I love my church. We’re real.
“Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot,
Nothing is going to get better. It’s not.”- Dr. Suess
Finally, this isn’t a once a year thing for us. This is the only time we shut down church as a whole, but there are always projects to be done, and people to love on. I know going forward I am going to make sure I am more involved in making a difference. I tend to get very caught up in my own ministry and its needs and not see the world outside the church. The Scripture is true: You’re more blessed when you give than when you receive.
Why are you still reading this? Get out there and serve someone.
Need and idea on how to get involved? Check out the Good Neighbor Site
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