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Why We Serve Together With Many Churches

The short version of our ministry's Mission Statement is "Repairing Homes and Hearts as Churches Serve Together". The second part of that statement is very important to us because we believe serving together (assuming common essential core beliefs) is a strategic way to advance the Kingdom. Why?

  • Team shot in front of churchChurch teams begin to see each other serving in the community and realize they are not alone in their concerns. Relationships are established between teams.
  • Church teams become “iron sharpening iron” (Proverbs 27:17), recognizing that each church has individual gifts that contribute to the whole Body.
  • The community has the opportunity to observe what the followers of Jesus are doing to bless them, leading them to realize that the Church is an indispensible part of the community.
  • Movements similar to Unite! are strengthened at a grass roots ministry level. Pastors and leaders pray and plan together to address other common concerns.
  • Pastors are encouraged to connect with other pastors as they realize their Home Repair Teams are serving together.
  • Combined church efforts reflect Christ more visibly than smaller, single church efforts.
  • Working together reflects the unity we read about in Ephesians 4.


What about you? Do you have experience working across multiple churches and/or denominations? What has been your experience? If you've had some good successes, let us know and we'll share your story, if appropriate.


Engaging the Unengaged - Starting a Team in Your Church

We've talked quite a bit in the blog about the need for home repairs for widows, single mothers, the elderly and disabled, but aside from the primary blessings of serving Jesus and our brothers, sisters and neighbors, there is also a practical reasons for your church to consider a home repair team.

Handymen UnleashedIn almost every church there is a group of handy people that are called upon for their skills. Some help maintain the church building, some go on construction-related mission trips, and some help with the occasional odd job presented by a needy congregation member. Most of the time these previously mentioned groups serve when called upon, but they are not actively looking for projects. Did some faces and names come to mind?

Men (and women) on the periphery of the ministry are found in many churches but cannot figure out how to serve in the church if they don’t sing, teach, direct traffic, or participate in childcare. But, they can use their hands! When these people are engaged, there is an army of handymen ready to jump in and “get it done”.

So, what might move a church like yours toward starting a home repair ministry team?

  • An existing handyman group needs organizing or refining for effectiveness
  • There are interested men in the church
  • There is someone in the church with a need
  • The pastor or staff have the idea of starting a team for outreach purposes
  • To build a Men’s Ministry
  • There are needs in the community close to the church

So, one of the best ways to form a home repairs team is to identify these handy people and get them behind, and committed to, an effort to launch your home repairs ministry. Or, put another way, encourage them to do what they were already doing, only in a more organized and effective manner.

We can help you get started with a library of resources to help you start and run a team.