Pastor Darius Miller at food giveaway.
By Carl Stagner
One church’s ministry to their community might not be the best for your community. You can’t address the needs of your neighbors until you know your neighbors. Motivated by a genuine love for people—not just a goal to see more bodies fill the pews—Shadydale Church of God in Houston, Texas, conducted a survey of their area. The survey, designed to determine how they could best take care of their neighbors, revealed that drug abuse, domestic violence, and educational issues were of greatest concern. In 2006, to maximize the long-term impact on the community on what mattered most, the church established what’s known as the Shadydale Community Development Corporation. More than a decade later, Pastor Darius Miller is at the helm, leading the church and community to take back what hell has stolen. Continue reading
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Tagged community, Darius Miller, domestic violence, drug abuse, education, Houston, hunger, job skills, jobs, outreach, partners, partnership, poverty, reclamation, service project, Shadydale Church of God, Shadydale Community Development Corporation, Texas, TX, unemployed
First Church volunteers sporting their Do Something! T-shirts (from the book with the same title by Miles McPherson).
By Megan DeBruyn
It wasn’t just the bright T-shirts matching the even brighter smiles worn by First Church of God volunteers that inspired their new nickname. The southwest Michigan church was unofficially dubbed the “Do Something! Church” by the surrounding local community after launching a work day in the summer of 2009 that encouraged members of the congregation to get out and serve. Armed with work gloves, paint brushes, and cleaning supplies, the mob of roughly 800 First Church of God volunteers took to the streets on a Sunday morning in early June and began to serve the most basic needs of their community. Continue reading
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Tagged Benton Heights, Cars Ministry, Chris Britton, community, Do Something, First Church of God, food ministry, food pantry, Love Berrien, mechanical, mechanics, MI, Miles McPherson, missional, New Heights CCDA, outreach, service project, Southwest Michigan, St. Joseph, Stevensville, volunteerism
MACU student works at the City Rescue Mission.
By Whitney Knight
On Sept. 22 and 23, Mid-America Christian University upheld its commitment to Christian service by holding its second annual Day of Service. More than one hundred student, faculty and staff participants in thirteen states served at various charities and organizations across the country. Continue reading
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Tagged charity, college, community service, Day of Service, local, MACU, Mid-America Christian University, neighborhood, outreach, service project, students, university, Whitney Knight
Photo: Wetaskiwin volunteer helping with an oil change.
By Nathan Wiebe
Earlier this summer, the Wetaskiwin Church of God, in Wetaskiwin, Alberta, Canada, hosted their first Car Care Saturday. I was considering some of the needs in the community, as well as the skills of the people in the congregation. That was when I heard of a sister church in Edmonton that provided car services for their single mothers small group. Continue reading
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Tagged AB, Alberta, Canada, car care, community outreach, Nate Wiebe, Nathan Wiebe, service project, single mothers, single parents, Wetaskiwin, Wetaskiwin Church of God, widows
By Carl Stagner
Ithaca Church of God recently canceled their Sunday morning worship service at 624 East Barber Street in Ithaca, Michigan. The pastor went so far as to say it was a “no-brainer.” But it’s not what you might think. Instead of gathering at the church, the congregation decided to meet at the local park to be the church. For the second year in a row, their Community Service Sunday made a bold statement to the community that they care. While much of our society looks upon the visible expression of the body of Christ with distrust and disdain, locals in Ithaca, Michigan, saw only love. Continue reading
Photo: Free haircut at Teays Valley Church of God, July 2014.
By Carl Stagner
We were created to do good works which God prepared in advance for us to do (Eph 2:10). The best kind of good works are the kind that meet real needs. In July, Teays Valley Church of God in Scott Depot, West Virginia, hosted a day of free haircuts, free hair products, and plenty of free hugs and expressions of God’s love. In a culture that often questions the authenticity of churchgoers, the compassion behind these friendly faces was genuine. Continue reading
By Judy Weeks
“Love your neighbor as yourself.” —Jesus (Matt 22:39)
Let’s go big! Let’s go global!
What would happen if, on the same day all around the planet, every congregation of the Church of God united as a wave of Christ’s love to touch people in their own local communities? What would happen, if on that day, every man, woman, youth, and child in the Church of God stepped into their community to live out the Great Commandment? What would happen if we united in spirit and action to penetrate our communities with the extreme love of Jesus Christ by meeting a need? Continue reading