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Across the country, churches are closing their doors on Sunday mornings to serve their communities through the four-week church-wide campaign called Faith in Action.

Demonstrating Christian service is at the heart of the Faith in Action campaign, created by leading Christian relief organization World Vision and church communications firm Outreach Inc., parent company of Outreach magazine. The organizations have developed a movement that has been gaining momentum for more than a decade, starting with pioneers like Vineyard Cincinnati founder Steve Sjogren’s servant evangelism ministry and Fellowship Bible Church in Little Rock, AR with Pastor Robert Lewis. Eighteen years ago, Lewis led a focused, church-wide reorganization to make serving the community a core value of the church.

Faith in Action focuses a congregation’s attention on local, national and global needs and demonstrates God’s heart for service. For a full month, sermons and worship services, small group discussions and daily devotional readings lay the foundation for the campaign’s culminating event—a “Faith in Action Sunday” community service project and the corresponding cancellation of regular worship services. Moreover, the campaign also has an intentional outreach focus, where unchurched friends and community members are invited to join in the volunteer efforts and serve alongside church members.

It has been said that the unchurched don’t care about what Christians know until they know that Christians care. To that, many U.S. churches are saying, We’ll show you by putting our Faith in Action!

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