Church Roles and Responsibilities in the Community

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Church roles and responsibilities, Huh?  What exactly are we expected to do as a Church in any community? Isn’t our presence in the community enough?

Church Roles

Church Roles & Responsibilities

Are you a member of a church?

Is your church very active in the community?

What would members of the community say if they were asked to give an accurate description of your church?

How do you view the people in the community around your church?

I often say, and will continue to say, that if a church is not positively impacting the community in which it is located then that church has failed.   The church in any community does not exist just for the current members of the church; it should also exist for the future members (even the ones we do not feel belong there).  How we manage ourselves as a congregation will drive people to or away from us and from the word of God.   Out actions MUST match our words because believe me people are not stupid.

The Church must positively impact the community in which they serve

We have to know the community in which we serve before we can do any good to them.   We can figure this out by paying close attention to what the actual needs are.   It is not a one size fits all solution so care must be taken to know what is going on in the community.   We can speak to leaders of the community as well as regular members; speak to the parents and children, find out what their needs are.  It does not do any good to sit down and make plans for a community without understanding what the needs are.  Some churches are in volatile communities and here the need is even greater.   We therefore cannot just drive in and out without recognizing that we have a role to play.

Church Roles & Responsibilities

We have to know the community in which we serve before we can do any good to them
Practical ways we can influence the community in which we serve:

  1. Provide a library/homework center (to include access to the Internet where possible)
  2. Provide free counselling where possible
  3. Provide training (non-traditional and traditional)
  4. Developing effective small group ministries
  5. Organize relevant outreach ministries
  6. Preach the word of God and not what we think – present nothing but the truth
  7. Provide free health screening at least once a year (this is critical especially for churches in poor communities)
  8. Be present – let the community know that we are there for them; not just in words but in action
  9. Help to improve family and marriage relationships
  10. Promote physical and mental health

This is not an exhaustive list so if you think of other ways that the church can better serve the community please add it in the response section below or send an email to mardenec@hotmail.com with The Church in the Community as the subject

How does your church influence the community?

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25 Responses

  1. tara8910 says:

    We have been part of a couple churches in the past few years and being part of the community has been really important to both of them. It is something we strive to do. Even the church leaders moved into the community once the church moved. I think you really have to pray about the specific community, but random acts of kindness in the community is important. We also had a community garden and gave the extras away for free.

  2. pjkuhn says:

    Well..first things first–that tea looks amazing! We are always involved in our church ministry — for 19 years as Children’s Minister while my husband as associate minister and then a music minister. We always included our children in whatever ministry we were a part of. It’s so good to see each of them involved in church ministries — even though we attend a large church they have found their niche and are training their own children. This is such a good list.

  3. Great ideas. I am always looking for ways to get more involved and get my kids serving as well!

  4. Such a great list of how we can serve our community and those around us!

  5. Agreed- part of why we love our church is because of its drive to be active in the community in ways that are needed. The impact is huge, and the effect it has on us as members is amazing.

  6. it’s all about speaking the truth in love….

  7. debolton says:

    I completely agree with all of these ideas. The Church is to be the light on the hill and without outreach that is not possible. I love that you recognize it’s not a one size fits all solution and that the Church needs to pay attention to the communities needs and to be ministering to future member too. Very thought provoking thank you!

  8. Heather says:

    Those are great ways to reach out to the community. Free counceling might be the one thing some people really need, but don’t think they can get anywhere.

  9. Absolutely! I live in a very rural area and am proud of the outreach which our church offers. Thanks for the actionable ideas.

  10. Shakeira says:

    Too many times the church keeps everything inside when we really need to be reaching out. How will we win souls if we don’t go out to where the souls are?

  11. These are great ideas! It was the kindness of a handful of people that brought me to Jesus, so I’m hoping my life will do that for others as well. Thanks for the inspiration!

  12. munyingnying says:

    I love revisiting how the early church took care of the poor, the widows…. Faith in action!

  13. Right on – it seems we have bought into the idea that we can be “salt” that “stays in the shaker” and that’s good enough. Salt was meant to be applied, to be activated. There are so many ways we can do this, actively participating in our communities – thanks for prodding us to consider how we can do that!