You’ve heard these before:
- Garbage in, garbage out.
- You become like those you hang out with.
- Out of the overflow of the heart, the mouth speaks.
We all know these phrases because we have actually experienced them in our own lives: What happens on the inside affects what is experienced on the outside.
What does this mean for churches? The internal health of a church community will have a direct impact on our outreach.
Effective community outreach stems from a healthy internal community.
If your church’s community outreach is lacking or stuck, consider taking a hard look at the culture and processes that support discipleship and community in your church. We can’t go out and make disciples of all nations if we are not already effective at making disciples within our church.
Here are some posts I have written on the topic before:
- Southwest, Zappos, and Your Church
- Lose crowding programs, build community
- Two resources that can improve your church culture
- The simple truths of staff, culture, and ministry success
- Your staff knows the truth about your church
- Driving digital discipleship
If your church wants to reach your community like never before, start by improving the internal community of your members. From there, you will begin to see the overflow of what God is doing in the lives of people by the way they’re serving and reaching their communities.
Have you seen internal issues affect your outreach ministries? How did you address them?