Posted on : Monday August 6, 2012

By David Lee, BCM/D Executive Director

As followers of Christ we are taught to respond to the hurting people around us. Our Lord possessed that kind of heart. Despite distractions and barriers, he continued to connect with those who needed him.

I want to challenge churches to expand their sensitivity to include hurting churches around them. Daily I see churches struggle. With someone to come alongside them, many of these could start the journey back to health and impact.

Adopt a church. Literally, find a church that is in need of help and see if you can become an ongoing partner with them. Pray for them. Help meet financial needs. Loan them some of your leaders and members for a while to help them return to the critical mass necessary to revitalize their ministries. Share facilities with them. Encourage the pastor and his family. Partner with them in a Vacation Bible School, an outreach ministry effort, a mission trip.

To be successful the relationship must be mutual. Avoid paternalism. Journey together. Pray for one another. Serve one another. Give God the glory for the results.

As we move forward in Great Commission effort, we are going to need each other more than ever before. The stronger of us should join hands with those who need help. Jesus reminded all faithful stewards, “To whom much is given, much is required!”

Interested? Want to share your blessings with another church? Are you struggling and open to receiving help from a fellow church? Contact me. We will help make those connections.

Together we can make a difference.