Our church planting network here in Pittsburgh (MCM) is one of community-driven churches. That’s our passion. It’s not finding the growing edge or the most affluent community to start a church. We strive to find hurting, depressed communities that need Jesus and start a church in the middle of it all. Because of the need that is so often represented in our communities, it is very important that our church plants are community-driven.
Community-driven ministry is one that places a high priority on the needs of the community. One of the major keys for a church is to have a proper perspective of its community. A church that sees its neighborhood through a lens of frustration rather then one of potential won’t last very long. It’s important to see your community as a priority, not a liability. God has placed churches and people in communities to help meet needs and show compassion. The ultimate goal of a community-driven church is to provide ministry from the community to the community. Raising up insiders, community residents, to minister to each other. If your a pastor and see your community as a liability, I encourage you to do one of two things:
- Pray for God to give you a burden for your community; or
- Pray that God will lead you to a community that you can have a burden for.
What are you doing to reach your community? Do you view your community as a liability or as a priority?