Externally focused churches want less talk and more action outside the walls. Large service events can serve as a catalyst for changing a church’s culture from an internal to external focus. The following six service events served as springboards to that type of shift in six churches profiled below. For more information on planning successful large-scale service events, download a free copy of Six Catalytic Service Approaches: Taking First Steps through Great Days of Service from Leadership Network’s online library of resources.
Two Hours that Make a Difference
Pantano Christian Church in Tucson, AZ, (www.pantanochristian.org) coordinates two hours of service annually called Serve Tucson. More than 600 people were involved in 2005. Projects completed during this short burst of serving included:
| ||Offering free car washes|
|Handing out bottled water at major intersections|
|Putting quarters in washers and dryers at local laundromats|
|Handing out popsicles at parks and recreation events|
|Visiting nursing homes|
Dave White, pastor of community empowerment missions, says volunteer leadership is key. "Events are organized by project with a project manager overseeing up to 10 locations," Dave says.
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