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Discussion in 'Forum for Polls' started by FriendofSpurgeon, Oct 16, 2007.
What does your church support?
Looks like the answer here may be not nearly enough.
Crisis Pregnancy Center
We also help individual families with love offerings and our Pastor counsels on many subjects.
We help people quite often with our food pantry and also supply all of our bus families with Christmas dinner. We also had a clothes closet for about a year but never had anyone request any. We were baffled by that. I'm not sure what Operation Christmas Child is but we do adopt children from our bus ministry to do Christmas for (is that something like it?).
Of course we offer counseling to anyone in the church. We would like to expand to do more for those in the community.
I'm taking "support" to mean sharing of resources...that may be financial, or it may be labor, supplies, etc.
We could do more, but all in all I'm pleased with what our church supports:
Habitat for Humanity
Rebuilding Together (instead of new homes like H4H, they renovate old ones)
WELCOME center (local food/clothes/benevolence place; a cooperative effort)
A couple of local Baptist-affiliated counseling centers
2 crisis pregnancy centers
A local church that specifically targets gang-affected areas of a local city
A local home for mentally challenged residents
2 Nursing home ministries
Operation christmas Child
other stuff I'm forgetting
Please consider this ministry for your church. It's wonderful.
We're blessed to have a former recipient of Operation Christmas Child as a member. She is from a former Soviet Republic, and is now one of our student leaders. What a powerful testimony!
I would like to see churches in general support it's members / attenders more. I can't tell you how many times I see the above being supported when a brother or sister in Christ lost a job, car broke down and can't repair it, etc. and the church does nothing as a whole for them. This is one reason I hesitate in giving all to the local church. It seems many churches budgets are eaten up by building / maintenance and pastor's salary, which I do not find to be biblical stewardship for the local church.
That is so cool. I will share with others. Last year, we collected more than 800 shoe boxes. This year's goal -- 1000.
That's too sad that they won't help. One of the things that we do is via our Deacon's Fund, which is additional giving on Communion Sundays (usually once per month). This is to help our church families (and others) with financial needs.
That's fantastic! I love hearing things like this!
I am a member of a church, where I serve, but I also have been visiting a church that works with habitat.
We help support and minister to a local orphanage.