7. Ready to engage with and serve our community.

Healthy churches combine vibrant worship with service to their communities. 

In other words, they take both the first and the second great commandments of Jesus seriously by endeavouring to love both God and neighbour. 

As Christians we need to discern what God is already doing in our communities and join in to promote the Kingdom, doing all we can to show God’s love. This will be by campaigning and working for structural justice as well as organising ourselves to deliver care and offering individual acts of kindness. 

Outward looking focus 

Churches should have a ‘whole life’ rather than a ‘church life’ concern. 

Meet the needs 

Some churches have worked with organisations such as Street PastorsChristians Against Povertyand the Trussell Trust Foodbanks

Passionate and prophetic 

Local and global issues should be given prominence in preaching, in intercessions and by encouragement and affirmation of those with a passion to act prophetically. 

Organisations like Christian Aid38 Degrees and the One Campaign help churches and individuals address issues of social justice. A number also find inspiration at events such as the Greenbelt Festival

Occasional offices 

The National Weddings Project has put together a number of very good resources. Churches also offer care and support to the bereaved (organising informal meetings as well as services of remembrance).

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