How to Gain Community Influence as a Kid’s Leader
How active is your church in your local community?
If your church is active, how big of a role does your Kid’s Ministry have in the community?
If it isn’t very active, what if your Kid’s Ministry could be the catalyst to get it much more involved?
At our church, over the past year and a half, we’ve been experimenting with some ways to have more community influence.
It hasn’t been a quick and easy process; it’s been long and slow.
But boy has it been worth it!
We have gained so much influence with one organization that works with low income families and individuals, more than 50% of whom are Muslim, that they’ve become some of our biggest fans.
And getting from introductions to the great relationship we have today, was a pretty lengthy process, but it was not a difficult one.
Here’s how it happened:
First: Get the support of your Senior Pastor
At the church where I serve, it was actually our Senior Pastor who encouraged me to pursue a relationship when I first came on staff.
And I know that may not be close to your reality, but you need support from your Senior Pastor.
He is the one who will allow your relationship to grow and blossom.
Second: Intentionally pursue relationships in your community.
The reality is that organizations in your community are probably not going to show up at your doorsteps asking if you’ll partner with them.
So if you want it to happen, you have to pursue them.
In the case of the organization we’ve grown close to, they work with families right next door to our church, so it made sense to pursue them first.
We’ve also started a partnership with a local Children’s Hospital and are looking at how we can partner with Child Foster and Adoptive Services.
Starting the relationship doesn’t have to be complicated; all you have to do is make a phone call to an organization and ask them if there’s any needs you can help them with.
Third: When a need is presented, say yes.
With our neighbors, they simply asked if they could use our church grounds for a summer kickoff party and if we would provide hot dogs.
It was couple hundred dollar investment, but the payoff was so much bigger.
Next they asked if we could provide some gift cards for an event they were doing, and we said yes.
It was another couple hundred, but again the payoff was so much bigger.
And over the course of 2 years of saying yes as often as we could, we began to get a reputation in their organization as a church that cared.
Just this past month, we hosted an event where the organization brought several hundred kids (predominantly Muslim) into our church for a banquet.
These were kids and parents who never otherwise step foot through the door of a church.
Then at the end of the event, the leader of the organization shared that he’d heard so much about us through his employees and thanked us for what we were doing to partner with them.
We’re looking forward to continuing our relationship with this organization and can’t wait to begin relationships with other organizations (like our Children’s Hospital and Adoptive Services).
How has your church gained influence in the local community? Leave a comment with what you’ve had success with.
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