What if the churches in our community showed more love toward each other? What if the Church stopped competing against one another? What if the Church got outside of the walls of their respective buildings and served the community, together?
What if the Church is a movement of a network of churches in the Kansas City metropolitan area that have banded together to show their love for God, each other and our community by working together to bless ourneighbors. In 2012 more than 5,000 volunteers from 38 churches served together in more than 178 projects at 28 locations, investing more than $50,000 in cash and material donations, touching more than 10,000 individual lives. (Link)
“The focus of What if the Church in 2013 is to encourage our churches to develop meaningful and lasting relationships with neighborhood schools. Most churches today could best be described as commuter churches, as people drive from any number of neighborhoods to attend the church of their choice. One effect is the loss of relevance for the neighborhood. Unchurched neighbors see the church as irrelevant. Through strategic initiatives to serve the needs of neighborhood schools, churches can re-capture the first century mandate to “love your neighbor.” –What if the Church
This is a letter from a teacher from Mark Twain Elementary School, one of the schools where USC and our partner church Servant Community Church serves every week.
“I am so excited that Mark Twain has been blessed to have the USC involved in our school. Just a smile from the volunteers was sometimes all the teachers needed to keep them grounded and focused on helping the children. The USC has provided wonderful gifts for my class – toys for recess and games for inside recess. My students’ faces lit up when they realized there are people in the community who care about them.
I appreciate the USC staff’s willingness to allow God to work through them to help our students. They are an example of what our students can be like when they get older. They provides a sense of calm and reason that not all students see from adults in their lives.
The USC has made a positive difference at Mark Twain. I look forward to the positive influence that they will continue to bring to our school. –Christi Clayton, Teacher
This is one example of how the Church and local ministries can positively impact a community.
Here are some ways you can get involved:
- Click here to sign up to serve with What If The Church
- Click here to sign up to read to kids through the Lead to Read program
- Click here to learn more about mentoring in a school through the USC.
- Alex Mathew – [email protected] – about serving in a local school through the USC.
Scripture Reflection: Are you called to be a speaker? Then speak as though God himself were speaking through you. Are you called to help others? Do it with all the strength and energy that God supplies. Then God will be given glory in everything through Jesus Christ. All glory and power belong to him forever and ever. Amen. – 1 Peter 4:11 (NLT)