What would it look like if local churches worked together in their communities?
We started M3 Ministries to help the church BE the church.
And one of the ways we are seeking to strengthen the church is through community ENGAGEMENT.
Specifically, our vision is to help local churches partner together to actively and effectively impact their communities for Christ.
For the church to BE everything Christ designed for it to be, it must be making a difference in the world. We believe local churches are to be the visible presence of Christ to the people around it, a picture of Christ’s kingdom “on earth as it is in heaven.”
In our years in pastoral ministry, we have found that a lot of churches are doing really good things – and are truly making a difference in the lives of people – but often they are not working together to multiply the impact they could have on their community and culture. Our desire is to see churches and other organizations work together in strategic partnerships – specifically in the cities and communities in which they live – in order to truly engage and serve the people around them.
A pastor friend of ours tells a story that illustrates the need for these partnerships. He shared the story of a large church that formed a massive outreach program for its community. On the day they launched the ministry, they found out that the church across the parking lot had already been doing a similar ministry for a long period of time. Think of all the time, energy, and resources that could have been saved and redistributed if only they were working together!
M3 Ministries is in the process of developing a platform to help local churches form partnerships for community engagement and service. Our vision is to have a paradigm for churches that involves listening to and learning the culture around them, building relationships in the community, and forming teams to minister to the needs of the people around them.