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3 Reasons Why a Church Should Study the Needs of Its Community

August 15, 2018 | Posted by Paige Cissell

There are so many differences in this world, and our lives are changing constantly. Some people are faced with hardships and challenges, while others are experiencing successes and smooth-sailing. At some point, we all have gotten lost in the mix of our everyday lives.

There is at least one common thread, though: no one person is the same. That same concept goes for our communities.

Amid all these things, needs go unmet.

Churches are meant to be a gathering place, an outlet for all to seek help and hope. Every church is responsible for offering appropriate resources to lead ourselves and our neighbors in the right direction. For a church to effectively serve its surrounding community, it first must understand the issues it faces.

1. A sense of urgency is discovered

Urgency is important when it comes to making a change. It gives people determination to get something done efficiently. By going out into the community and getting an idea of what people are going through, you begin to understand what issues are more urgent and require immediate action.

Every issue is important and deserves to be discussed, but developing a sense of urgency allows the church to manage its priorities. Directly going out into the community also helps determine where certain issues are more prominent than others.

You never know: your church might discover a problem you didn’t know existed.

It all starts with the leaders of the church. The leaders influence the congregation, and their message gives people motivation to reach out to the community. Ultimately, urgency gives your church the opportunity to raise awareness about situations in the surrounding community and serve those who need guidance.

2. The message becomes more community focused

Church is where people go when they need something— spiritually or physically. Challenges evolve as people grow older, and people want their real-life struggles to be talked about in church.

  • What is the current state of the world?
  • What are people most concerned about?

When churches study the concerns and needs of the community, they can reach out to these people and help them find peace with whatever they may be dealing with. Taking these concerns into account allows the church’s sermons to relate more to what its own community is struggling with.

The church is a place that provides Bible-based answers to every problem someone may have—and that in itself is amazing. No one is exempt from the trials of this world, but finding solace in the church will always be possible when the church is aware of the state of the members in the community.

3. Community service makes more of a difference

The main goal of a church is to make a difference in peoples’ lives and spread God’s Word.

  • Is your church actively participating and holding events in the community?
  • Or is your church just merely existing to those who pass it on their way to work or school every morning?

When the church is actively making a difference in the community, the congregation acts as public servants—they show people God’s Word by their actions. Going out into the community allows others to see that faith firsthand and influences them to do the same.

Your tithes not only keep the church going; they allow the church to serve the poor, hungry, sick—those who need help. You trust that the church leadership and council uses those offerings for good. By studying the needs of the community, the church can directly allocate those offerings to better focus efforts on helping your neighbors in need.

Want to learn more about how you can understand and meet the needs of your community? Start here

Paige Cissell
I’m Paige Cissell, LCEF’s Marketing Intern this summer! I am a junior at the University of Missouri majoring in Journalism with an emphasis in Strategic Communication. I love traveling, writing and spending time with my family and friends.