Giving Back to the Community Is Giving to Christ!

I met Pastor Jason Lane in Little Rock, Arkansas several months ago. He attended The Multiplication Workshop – and then headed back to lead his church in Palmetto, Florida to engage in making disciples who make disciples.

To discover how they are doing this – feel free to contact Pastor Jason, or read this story of serving their community….

PALMETTO — Despite the rain Saturday, families left Skyway Community Chapel in Palmetto with full stomachs, new backpacks and bags of groceries.

The church gave away 500 backpacks full of basic school supplies, more than 600 pounds of meat, fresh produce, bread, non-perishable foods and hygiene items. Free hotdogs, popcorn and snow cones also were provided.

“The biggest thing about giving to the community is knowing the need,” said Pastor Jason Lane. “We understand some difference is better than no difference. This is a blessing to our church just to be able to love people.”

Giving back to the community is giving to Christ.

The Back to School Bash, which took four months of planning, raising money and forming partnerships with the St. Petersburg Dream Center and Manatee County Food Bank, is something the church hopes to make an annual project.

“It’s just obedience,” said Youth Pastor Bill Cox, who organized the event after a mission trip to Atlanta inspired the church to complete more community outreach programs. “We’re commanded to go, commanded to give, commanded to take care of those in the community.”

I love hearing how churches are making a difference in their communities by sharing the love of Jesus. And I especially love it when I see believers obeying Jesus – and teaching others to obey Jesus.

Today’s Missional Challenge

Look for needs around you. Ask Jesus to show you how to meet those needs and do what He says!

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Dr. Dave DeVries is a coach, trainer, author and founder of Missional Challenge. He is passionate about coaching and training church planters and missional leaders. With 30+ years of church planting and leadership development experience, Dave brings his passion and encouragement to those he trains and coaches.
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