I’ve had the blessing and opportunity to visit several countries on oversees mission trips. I’ve fed people in the slums of Russia, Haiti, the Dominican Republic, rescued malnourished babies in Guatemala, and trained pastors to disciple others in the mountains of Ecuador. I will never forget the realities of ministering to people who have such great needs of food, shelter, and clothing. Those needs exist in our community too. These needs are always second to a person’s need to know Christ, but we are able to meet both and we will aim to do that as a church.
This is the last the blog post in our series on some key foundations for ECC as we begin. It’s crazy to realize we are already over a month into this church plant! You can read the other posts on the previous blogs, but today we are taking a quick look at being a church committed to Community Care.
“For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” (Mark 10:45)
As we grow as disciples of Jesus, we aim to imitate His life. Christ came to serve and so we take this charge and apply it to our lives as people who will go and serve our community. We want to recognize the needs in our community, work alongside others, and meet those needs, all in order to demonstrate the love of Christ and work toward opportunities to share the gospel message–that Jesus gave His life as a ransom–in the relationships we establish in our communities. This will not only be events, but a desired way of life for our team.
As a church we won’t ever have the resources to meet every need, but we do believe that God has placed people at our church with passions and giftings to meet the needs He has prepared for us. In fact, Paul writes this in Ephesians 2:10, “For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.” We are created in Christ to do good works and God has made these opportunities exist in order for His people to meet needs through these good works. We will aim to meet needs as a result of our love for God and others and pray for the fruit to be disciples of Jesus made.
ECC will aim to meet needs in several areas, but the greatest way we strategically plan to care for our community will come from our Community Groups. Our C-groups are specifically designed to meet needs in specific areas in our community. Each C-group has a missional focus. We believe the best way to care for the community is to recognize needs, meet those needs and aim to make disciples as we share the gospel in the midst of those needs.