Community of Servants
How can a pastor—or ministry leader—be a community builder?
Rod Edmonson wrote: I don’t have all the ideas, but I have some suggestions:
1. Know key leaders - I think you should know who the leaders in the community are and know as many of them personally as possible.
2. Listen to concerns - Wherever you are, wherever you go, whatever you do in the community—whether at city hall, a school meeting or the grocery store or barbershop, listen to hear the things people are talking about around you.
3. Love what they love - I am intentionally trying to love the people to whom God has placed me to minister—and part of that—as I would do for any family member—is learning to love the things they love.
4. Learn the community - make appointments with people who are known in the community for their years of service to the community.
5. Build your community network - I’m consistently asking people to connect me with people I should know in the community.
6. Serve somewhere in the community, besides your church - we need to lead the way so that others in the church will serve in the community also.
7. Lead your church to be community builders - This isn't something we do in a campaign once a year. This must be a lifestyle—getting the church into the community—being community builders—so we can eventually be Kingdom builders.
Help us provide life coaching support for people in under-served communities who are seeking to make a fresh start in life! The Bible states: "Pure and undefiled religion before God and the Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their trouble..." James 1:27a
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Tragically, approximately 143 million children are orphaned worldwide. Millions more who have parents live below the poverty line and suffer hunger, hardship, abuse, and even fall victim to the horrors of human trafficking. In many countries, thousands will die before the age of five from food shortages, polluted water, and lack of basic hygiene and medical care.
Building Bridges to Transform Communities
Wildheart is located in the heart of Allison Hill, an impoverished neighborhood in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. Standing on years of history in ministry to the community, we have taken over a historic mansion that stands out among the ruins of our city. Hope, honor and sustainability have become the values that have catalyzed a transformative community of believers who have committed themselves to empowering others to pioneer love in their own cities and nations. Locally, we have an initiative called “Love The Hill” which is focused on restoring and beautifying The Hill, while empowering its residents to break the chains and cycle of poverty. We provide service and sponsorship opportunities for anyone who desires to impact their communities with the life-changing power of the simple Gospel.