Ministry and Service Ideas
One way this has been implemented in Dallas, TX was by purchasing yard equipment and cleaning up the yards around one of our churches. This provided a tremendous opportunity for young people from the church school to get in community service hours while also meeting and getting to know those in neighboring homes. A couple families were so touched by the care extended them by the students that they began attending the local church and eventually were baptized.
Why not contact a local nursing home or hospital and see if they would be interested in starting some kind of small group Bible study or musical concert depending on what you and your church or school are able to coordinate?
Even visiting patients to just pray with them can be a huge encouragement to many.
If you have a small, dry room that can be easily accessed and can serve as storage, why not start a food pantry? Church members can contribute canned and dry food items which can be made available to those in need depending on how you promote it.
If you want to go all out and your community is already aware of your presence in this area, local city or town food banks often have a surplus of food items which they are willing to give to organizations that are doing similar work. In Texas, several churches have received truckloads of food and drink items to distribute to their communities once a year. They start by promoting the event their community (this works best if the church is located in a needy community) and then set out tables and a distribution line in their parking lot on the desired day. Vehicles can drive through and bags are placed in their trunks based on the number of people in their household.
It is helpful to also have a small card that can direct people to other resources in the town or city for things that you do not provide when asked. It might include information for homeless shelters and organizations that help people find jobs.
If you have medical professionals in your church who might be willing to help, you could also offer basic health screenings.
For county or state fairs, the objective and nature of the booth might vary, but these types of events provide a great opportunity to connect with the community and find people who may be interested in learning more about health and God.
Small Group Ministry Ideas
The idea behind small groups is that building community and friendships with others as you live life with them is an excellent way to eventually introduce them to Christ. People will often sign up to be involved in a non-religious activity who might never otherwise have done so. We recommend that every group have three leaders:1. Upreach (To seek ways to connect with God),
2. Inreach (To seek ways to connect with one-another)
3. Outreach (To seek to connect intentionally with the unreached).
See our getting started guide for more information.
For a helpful book on good the technicalities of good study methods, with exercises, see: Grasping God’s Word
The kits produced by Dr. Nedley can be a bit pricey, but are very good: Nedley Health Solutions
Some good resources include:
GYC Seminar: Beyond the Tithe: Practical Lessons on Personal Finance
Financial Peace University – Dave Ramsey
Live in a large city? You might select different local parks or lakes each week to get together.
Some helpful resources for this, include:
Natural Lifestyle Cooking Workbook
One note to keep in mind is that not everyone is into a certain type of sport or sports in general, so it’s important to have a other options for those who may wish to do something less active. Board games and other activities often work well. The key is to ensure that you interact with each group so that you aren’t leaving some out in an isolated way.