You know your church is doing something right when the neighborhood residents greet you with an enthusiastic “Hi!” before you can give them the same greeting. 

You work the soup kitchen on Easter Sunday…and have more people to serve than normal.

The basketball team members include youth from the neighborhood.

Children and young people stand outside the gym, waiting for the doors to open so they can play.

A senior plays the old, but working piano, while waiting to be served by community service.

Couples living together become married, baptized, active members.

Abstinence is actively taught and modeled beyond weekly worship.

Anyone can come and participate in the children’s and youth ministries.

Tutoring is available for those needing extra help beyond school hours because they cannot afford private sessions.


I do not remember the whole story, but I heard it in a sermon, the question asked : “If this church were to burn today, would the neighbors care?”

Matthew 25:40-And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of  the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me. (KJV)