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The Home Repair Ministry Opportunity

Has your church been looking at starting a service ministry and/or for ways to new ways to reach your community and show the mercy and love of Jesus (Matthew 22:39)? How about for a way to better serve vulnerable people inside your church (John 13:35)? A lot of churches don't have this ministry set up formally, but its easier than they probably think (and you won't need a lot of church staff time to do it!).

Resources To Get Started

The opportunity

The outreach ministry we are talking about is a home repairs ministry and there are four reasons why we believe it's a strategic investment in God's Kingdom.

1) You may not know it but you probably have the people you need to start a home repairs ministry right now.

In 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 congregation member in need. Most of the time these previously mentioned groups serve when called upon, but they are not actively looking for projects.

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. They could very well be engaged in a ministry that doesn't really fit their gifting and passion. Or, they may not be serving at all. But, they can use their hands and tools! Get these people engaged and you've got a new team serving Christ and reaching out to your community. And happier members of your church because they are using their skills for the Kingdom.

2) There are a growing number of low income homeowners who come from all walks of life and face home repair needs they are unable to afford or perform.

The recession and high unemployment has been a double whammy to poor homeowners. People are staying in their homes longer, which creates greater likelihood of a major home repairs need. At the same time, less people are working and wages are declining, resulting in less resources available to pay for needed home repairs.

Here are some stark statistics that point to the problem:

According to a 2011 survey (reported in August 15 blog) by the National Foundation for Credit Counseling, 64% of Americans don't have enough cash on hand to handle a $1,000 emergency expense. As a matter of fact, a recent HomeServe survey shows that one in five surveyed homeowners faced a repair they could not afford.1

Recent Census Bureau figures (2010 report) show that 46.2 million Americans now live below the poverty line. This is the highest number in the 52 years the bureau has been publishing poverty numbers. The result is more people who cannot maintain a safe, functional and/or accessible home. And more people who need an "I love you" from God.

3) A home repairs ministry can accelerate community transformation by serving and partnering with valued community non-profits.

This is where the strategic part of home repairs ministry really provides incremental outreach and Kingdom benefit. By building partnerships with other local non-profits and ministries you can increase their ability to serve many more people. To share a couple examples, we have assisted local non-profits with projects such as building out a basement area for a thrift shop and designing and building storage systems. These projects have obvious long-lasting benefits. And these non-profits will also become sources of referrals for you as you build trusted partnerships!

4) A home repairs ministry is a great opportunity to partner with other local churches to serve those in need!

Joining with other Christian churches has proven to have several benefits. First, within individual churches you may not have all of the specific skills to handle a big project. Every team has strengths and weaknesses. This is one of the strongest arguments for churches serving together - different parts of the body contribute different things to the whole Body (Ephesians 4:15-16). Your team may have experience in roof repair, but not electrical or plumbing. If you know the guys from other churches around you, you can help fill in the gaps. We work with a church that does a lot of re-roofing with their summer teams. When we need roofing tools and project leaders, guess who we ask to come be a part of the project?

Second, partnering with other churches shows a united Body of Christ to the community. Imagine the world seeing the Church come together to love and serve them while caring for each other. Is this the image of the Church that the world has now?

5) And one last little secret... What's one of the hardest things about outreach? Isn't it making a connection with the people you want to reach so that you can build a relationship and have a significant spiritual conversation? Well, a home repairs ministry is one where you can find people asking for and welcoming you into their homes. How's that for an outreach opportunity?

Want to start a ministry - we can help show you how!  

See the Blog for more ideas for home repairs ministries

Footnote 1October 3 Fox Business News article

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