So many time I’m speaking with a newly ordained minister and the conversation goes, as I always enjoy, to how they will minister to their community. For many, the first thing they mention is that they want to start a church to bring people to know Christ. Of course that is awesome, but, I have a tendency to challenge them to do something a little more “on the streets” in terms of showing the Grace of Jesus vs. just telling about the Grace of Christ.
In other words, we have a choice to tell about Christ or act like Christ. We can speak the Word or do the Word. We can share the Good News of Jesus Christ or we can live in such a way that folks are begging us to tell them why we live with Grace, compassion, Love, and service. Two very different ways to minister and share Jesus Christ.
Below are some of my favorite ministry types that put us right there on the streets with the people we want to share. Instead of only hanging out with other Christians being self-blessed, we can work by ourselves or with other folks to express the Love of Jesus Christ by meeting the needs of others where they are and blessing them:
- Hospice Volunteer Care Team
- Food Pantry
- Sandwich Delivery to Street Folks
- Soup Kitchen
- Socks and Underwear Provision
- Blanket Battalion
- Tents for the Unsheltered
- Youth Mentoring
- Struggling Mother Provisions
- Senior Transportation Corps
- Couples Healing
- Senior Reading Team
- Senior Singing Leaders
- Before/After School Care
- Shut-in Grocery Shuttle
- Youth Camping Trips
These are just some of the great ways you can use your new ordination or begin a Christian ministry that does not label itself as “Christian” but instead is rooted in being Christ-Like in all service it provides. Remember, you want to serve all people no matter their religion or station in life.
If you have an idea for a ministry or want some assistance in getting your ministry idea formulated and off the ground, call us here at Street Bishops. It is our joy and purpose to assist you in fulfilling your calling from Gog to serve!