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Resources

Resources in support of your FIA Campaign

Building on Ministry Foundations

      1.      Biblical Principles for the Church's Outreach Ministry

Purpose: Strengthen understanding of the biblical basis for the church's faith in action.

Suggested uses: Train campaign leaders, small group leaders and service project team leaders; make available to the congregation in general; follow-up the campaign with a Bible study; cast a vision for next steps after the campaign.

      2.      Inspiration for Faith in Action: Imagine Your Church …

Purpose: Provide inspiration for Faith in Action by helping members dream about what it might look like to "be the church."

Suggested uses: Distribute to campaign leaders and service project team leaders; distribute to Faith in Action small groups; incorporate into a sermon; reprint as a poster in the church lobby or classrooms; make into a bulletin insert; cast a vision for next steps after the campaign.

Connecting With the Community

      3.      Guide to Prayer-Walking and Observation in the Community

Purpose: Seek God's guidance, mercy, and transforming power in the community; enhance the church's sense of connection with the community; cultivate spiritual readiness for ministry.

Suggested uses: Organize one or more prayer-walking and observation teams as part of the process of selecting or preparing for Faith in Action service projects and/or the church's ongoing goal of reaching out to the community; lead service project team leaders in a prayer-walking and observation exercise as part of training and spiritual preparation for Faith in Action weekend; continue a prayer-walking ministry in the community after Faith in Action.

      4.      Networking Interviews

Purpose: Learn about the community you seek to serve; make connections with community leaders that can lead to fruitful service projects and ongoing ministry partnerships.

Suggested uses: Organize one or more networking teams as part of the process of selecting or preparing for Faith in Action service projects and/or the church's ongoing venture of reaching out to the community; keep track of community connections with the networking log.

      5.      Community Survey

Purpose: Connect with community residents on their hopes and concerns for their community; seek input on potential service projects; promote local participation in Faith in Action; enhance relationships with the church's neighbors.

Suggested uses: Organize one or more community survey teams as part of the process of selecting or organizing Faith in Action service projects and/or the church's ongoing venture of reaching out to the community; conduct a community survey in follow-up to Faith in Action in preparation for an ongoing outreach ministry.

      6.      Ideas For Strengthening Community Connections

Purpose: Strengthen your church's community relations by building bridges of relationship and belonging; enhance the congregation's familiarity with and commitment to its community.

Suggested uses: Incorporate relevant ideas into Faith in Action service projects, ongoing outreach ministries or general church life.

Strengthening Ministry Readiness

      7.      Inventory of External Ministry Programs

Purpose: Take stock of the ways the church currently practices Faith in Action by listing programs that reach out locally or internationally;mobilize congregational support for ministry; coordinate current ministry efforts or expand the church's scope of involvement.

Suggested uses: Delegate an individual or group to collect information on community service programs operated, sponsored or supported by the church.

      8.      Ministry Participation Survey

Purpose: Gather information on the congregation's availability, interest and resources for community service; solicit feedback on specific ministry proposals; explore ongoing ministry options after Faith in Action.

Suggested uses: Distribute the survey to the congregation (or a representative portion); use the results to create or enhance a database of volunteer information.

      9.      Assessing Your Church's Community Involvement

Purpose: Provide a baseline of your church's methods, challenges and vision for community outreach; support vision-casting and planning next steps in the community.

Suggested uses: Ask church leaders and/or leaders of specific outreach ministries to complete the survey, then discuss the results to identify areas of strengths and weaknesses in the church's community outreach; use in conjunction with planning next steps to follow up Faith in Action (use together with the Building on Faith in Action: Diagnostic Tool).

      10. Building on Faith in Action: Diagnostic Tool

Purpose: Identify top priorities for your church's growth toward holistic, transformational community ministry.

Suggested uses: Ask appropriate leaders to review the options in the diagnostic tool, select the key areas for growth, and research resources and contacts that can help the church achieve these goals (see Resources on Church-Based Community Ministry); use in conjunction with planning next steps to follow up Faith in Action.

Developing Ongoing Outreach

      11. Next Steps for Faith in Action

Purpose: Explore ways your church can follow up on the Faith in Action campaign and make a difference by serving your community and world.

Suggested uses: Discuss the list of options to capitalize on the momentum of Faith in Action and generate ideas and excitement for ongoing outreach, then set a plan in motion to take the next step that's best for your church.

      12. Finding Your Ministry Bulls-Eye

Purpose: Provide guidelines for selecting meaningful Faith in Action service projects or ongoing outreach ministries.

Suggested uses: Refer to this criteria when selecting Faith in Action service projects; use as part of the process of exploring ongoing ministry options after Faith in Action (particularly in conjunction with the worksheets Next Steps for Faith in Action and Ministry Opportunities: From Ideas to Action).

      13. Ministry Opportunities: From Ideas to Action

Purpose: Generate a list of ministry opportunities that are relevant and timely for your context, and flesh out a plan for turning the best ideas into action.

Suggested uses: Gather a group of members who are energetic about external ministry for a brainstorming session to dream up ministry possibilities. Identify the most promising ideas and develop an action plan to put feet to the vision.

      14. Resources on Church-Based Community Ministry

Purpose: Provide in-depth print and online references on biblical principles of compassion ministry, planning and mobilizing community outreach, leading the transformational church, best-practice ministry profiles and models of city-wide community service events.

Suggested uses: Draw from this list to plan recommended reading for Faith in Action campaign leaders; identify resources for leadership development and outreach ministry training; find resources for Bible studies and small groups on compassion ministry; research best-practices and city-wide service models; and connect with national organizations and online sites that serve church-based community ministry.