Every congregation is encouraged to serve the community around it, making disciples right where you live. Individual local missions will be diverse, reflecting the particular needs of that community and the capacity of the congregation to meet those needs. The missions may include the following:
- Working with an established local ministry, such as food or meal distribution, a clothing redistribution center, outreach to a nearby school or nursing, home, etc.
- Establishing a new ministry (perhaps in collaboration with one or more other congregations), such as a Christian café outreach or an ethnic ministry (tutoring, etc.).
- Starting a neighborhood Bible study or something that directly proclaims the Gospel. (See CityTeam International’s iDisciple movement, using a Discovery Bible Study method as an example.)
Whatever your local outreach may be, it should focus on relationship-building and not just on a task. Relationships lead to discipling. That’s your final goal: to make new disciples.
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