Gerardo Magana, Local Engagement Pastor at Mariners Church, shares the biblical foundation and vision of doing outreach in the Orange County community. G gives a glimpse of Mariner’s outreach strategy and focus on how to build relationship with the community. Listen to some helpful practical tips on how your church can love and assist the poor and marginalized. Also get a taste of G’s story and call to ministry.
3 Take Aways
Vision and values. Vision and values drive your church to where you want to go. You need it not only for the whole church but also for your outreach ministry. Too often churches just do some local outreaches without much thought or strategy. Churches can have more of a long term impact if they spend time in strategy and vision casting. This will lay the foundation for making a lasting relationships in the community.
Outreach ministry is always spiritual. Outreach ministry isn’t just helping people with their physical needs, it’s about their spiritual needs. That’s the reason and focus of why churches do outreach. We want to feed their spiritual souls by meeting their physical needs. Even if your church is not able to have an outreach ministry, make sure you are at least feeding your community with spiritual truths and grace. That’s the main reason why the church exists so make sure that we are feeding them Jesus Christ always.
Learn how to sit in the pain with people. That’s real outreach. That’s love. It’s easy to hand out food or give money to a homeless person, but it’s another thing to listen and have a conversation with people about their pain and journey. Outreach ministry is always used as an avenue to build relationships and listen to people because they will feel accepted and loved by the church and Jesus. That’s the greatest thing we can offer.