My church works hard to be community oriented and to be out in the neighborhood.
1 that runs a Neighborhood Farmer’s Market in our parking lot from May-Oct, completely thru volunteers
1 that arranges for free exercise classes (with babysitting) during the farmer’s market
A Market that book-ended by 2 Chicken BBQ fundraisers (the company cooks, we serve)
p.s. we put up great signs for these events. GREAT signs!
1 that puts on a health fair, plays, concerts, art shows.
1 that has done a clothing exchange, electronic recycling,
1 that has a weekly free playgroup and runs a 2, 3, and 4yr old Nursery School
1 that hosts over a dozen AA’s, 3 other congregations, 2 community choirs, an immigrant ministry & the neighborhood association
When I talk to people about my church, the reach is far.
Our location is good, most people have stepped into our building at some point for various things
Our Farmer’s Market is well known, we are possibly the best small farmer’s market in the city
And everyone is shocked, I mean shocked by how small we are….they think we have 150 people at least
Why is that?
Because we are bigger on the inside
That’s what happens when a church holds God and the Community in their hearts..
we end up growing in ways that we can’t even comprehend….
And God increases our efforts twofold/fourfold/tenfold
Its time to STOP thinking of ourselves as a small church, and to start thinking of ourselves as bigger on the inside