Identifying Real Community Needs — Introduction

Identifying Real Community Needs — Introduction

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One of the critical questions facing each church as it seeks to
engage in effective ministry with its local and broader communities, is how to best engage in
identifying community needs. In this workshop, it is suggested that that churches interested in identifying
real community needs might engage in the following
four step process. First, the church must clarify both its mission and its vision. Mission involves clearly
defining and articulating what God is calling the church
to do in the present. Vision involves determining
and articulating what God’s preferred future
is for the church. Second, the church must
clearly define its community. Here the following questions
might be helpful: What are the physical parameters,
the geography, that define the community in
which the church is a part? Second, what are the people
that the church seeks to impact within the the context of these
physical parameters? Third, the church must engage in analyzing the assets incumbent
in the church and the community. Here, the key question that
must be addressed is what are the people, places, and the processes that can be helpful to the church as it seeks to address the real needs of its community? Fourth and finally, the church through, processes such as ministry by walking around, ma Bois, and other means of engaging
with community members, must identify real needs and
real ministry opportunities and then devise a plan to help
meet these needs. In engaging in this four-step process, the church is then able to move forward
in fulfilling its mission and its vision for ministry
with the people of its community.

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