Why is community engagement important?

The church is to build up the body of Christ through ministries of worship, small groups, generosity and discipleship. But why are we to be building up the body of Christ. Jesus could have been more clear in Matthew 25:31-46, our very souls, salvation is dependent on being Christ in the world. We build up the body of Christ to serve the world by doing justice and loving mercy, and bearing witness to God’s salvation. These are the vows that members make when they are baptized, confirmed or join the church.

What is a Hope Center?

A Hope Center is a robust community outreach ministry in partnership with community organizations and the people of the community to develop the community and meet human need. Hope Center models include the following,

  • Camp Y.D.P., a licensed childcare, after-school enrichment program, and summer day camp, serves low-income families.
  • The Crisis Room provides food, clothing, emotional support, and rent and utility assistance to marginalized families.
  • Pathways to Prosperity works to eliminate generational poverty through job training and financial education.
  • Housing and job development for people in the community.

How can our congregation go deeper, wider and further in ministry with the people in your community? How can we become a Hope Center.

EPA&GNJ are ready to support and work with your congregation to further engage in ministry with the community. There are people ready to equip your congregation and leaders from the community to work together and for congregations that successfully develop a plan, there are grants available to implement your plan. Contact the member of the superintending team assigned to your congregation and if you are not sure who this is, your pastor may contact your regional administrator.