This is the second and final part of a two-part series. If you haven’t read the first part please read it here.
Can your church do a Share Day (please watch the video)? No matter the size of your church any church could gather volunteers and do one event or many events. As the video shows the church only did two events in the first year and they are up to 5 events presently. One event was painting a wall for the city that was 1/2 mile long. What’s interesting, is the city told them they would never do it in one day — guess what? They did. The city provided the paint and the church provided the people. They also fixed a boy and girls’ building for underage kids. While the church youth was hosting the kids from the multiple homes at a park, the adults were fixing the houses’ lights, plumbing, paint, and so on. So the kids had a fun time with the church youth, connecting with them, sharing stories, and so on while the adults had fun fixing things for the kids. This is a win-win situation for everyone – the group home kids, the community, the church youth, and the adults.
Churches should partner with businesses that are able to offer services to the community once or twice a year. For example host an event where people can get free haircuts, physical exams, dental checks, and so on for the poor or others that can’t pay for it. The church offers the space and volunteers to direct foot traffic and other logistical issues and the business professionals provide the services free or greatly reduced. I heard of one event where a dentist was doing free root canals and crowns for people. This type of procedure is unaffordable for many people. To give you an idea of how much they are, as a paying recipient of two of them ( 🙂 ), they are a little over 3,000$ per tooth, depending on where in the country you are at. And when you have a bad root canal, the pain is excruciating!
A local church I know helps new immigrants learn English. The only thing that is needed is someone that has patience and knows how to speak English. The immigrants love it and if they become a member of the church then that’s a good thing. They are learning a new language that will help them succeed in this country. It’s a learning environment that the teacher and the new immigrant come to the church to meet and learn. What a fun way to learn about other people’s culture and where they came from.
One last quote from Seth Godin — “Don’t strive to be heard while you’re here. Work to be missed when you’re not“. So my questions are, would the community miss your organization if you ceased to exist tomorrow? If they wouldn’t miss your organization what does that tell you about the church’s involvement in the community? I’m sure there are many other successful examples that churches have done and we ask that you share them for all to see in the comments below.