Why churches should partner with secular community groups – Jose Reader

Jose Reader is currently the Church’s associate communications manager, and has filled various roles within the Presbyterian Church’s communications team over the last 12 years.

This article from Christianity Today poses an interesting question: “How can we be light in the darkness when we only hang out with other candles?”. Author, Karl Vaters, explains how his Church used to partner exclusively with other Christian ministries, and now up to half the groups that they partner with for local community service are not Christian-based.

“No, we haven’t gone soft on our faithfulness to the gospel. And we have standards for those we will and will not partner with,” he says in the article.

His words resonated with me, because over the years I have worked in this role, I have heard many concerns about how we are in danger of watering down the gospel message to connect with people outside the church. One thing I took out of the article was that mission with the community and the sharing the gospel are not mutually exclusive; they can, and do, live side-by-side – certainly in Karl’s congregation, and no doubt in many of our Presbyterian and Uniting parishes around the country.

Read and be inspired by what this congregation is getting out of partnering with non-church groups: 8 reasons churches should partner with secular community groups – [link to: http://www.christianitytoday.com/karl-vaters/2017/march/8-reasons-churches-partner-secular-community-groups.html] (Thanks to Lisa Wells for sharing this article with me.)


One thought on “Why churches should partner with secular community groups – Jose Reader

  1. In our area churches do try to relate to the local community with programs for preschoolers, music and movement, breakfast clubs in schools, mentoring in secondary schools, services in rest homes, op shops which donate to needy causes etc. Some churches take pride in giving their time for working bees for landscaping and providing play equipment in local primary schools.

    However, what amazes me is that when the schools have openings for a Christian Religious Education
    Program in a school (Bible in School) there are no volunteers! Parents in referendums vote for a CRE program but the churches don’t see that as a priority?

    Where are we?
    Jesus said, “It is not the will of your Father in heaven that one of these little ones should be lost.” Matthew 18:14


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