It’s clear in Scripture that God’s heart tips toward the orphan, the widow, the poor, the imprisoned, and the brokenhearted. But how – with the urgency of our weekly responsibilities – do we ensure that serving our community and showing compassion to those in need are priorities? And how do we make it simple for our groups? We will share how we’re learning to make this an integral part of our ministry.
I. How are compassion and service integrated into your church’s strategy?
A. We must manage the tension between serving as a ministry (what we do) and service as a value (how we do it).
- When serving becomes a ministry, we are learning to make it simple.
- When service is a value, we are making it a priority.
- Service must be anchored in the strategic language of your church. (at North Point, they often say, “Relationships fuel service and serving fuels relationships)
- You must have a mechanism for mobilizing people to serve.
II. What is the role of compassion and service in groups?
III. How will you make serving a priority in your groups?
- This allows us to leverage our resources to help our partners go further, faster.
- Partnering instead of pioneering multiplies our influence in the community.