With CareFest on a sabbatical this year, are you looking for a way to serve our community in a hands-on way? MN Adult & Teen Challenge will have several work projects over the summer.
Our first Volunteer Day is a demolition project on Sat., June 22. We are asking for middle school aged to adults for safety and supervision reasons. Work will involve demolition and hauling of concrete, sheetrock, flooring, and other carpeting. Please clearly mark and bring any tools you may have like scrapers, flathead shovels, crowbars, wheelbarrows, and protective safety equipment (e.g., glasses, gloves, hard hats). Please also bring your own lunch. Enjoy working alongside people from various churches. Register above by selecting the sign up now button and come to the future home of MN Adult & Teen Challenge, 1530 Assisi Dr NW. Rochester; work hours are 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM. Questions? Please call Larry at 282-4612, Trevor at 208-0731, or Wayne at 208-2266 or email
MN Adult & Teen Challenge ministry, go to www.mntc.org.
Developed by the Nehemiah-Group in Little Rock, Arkansas, its mission was to have a project that could identify and impact the most significant social needs and problems that occur in their local county with intent to have the faith community respond and meet the needs in a collaborative way.
It is modeled on the actions of Nehemiah, a great leader who served his nation about 445 to 425 B.C. In a time of national struggle and spiritual crisis, he united his people in a strategic work which transformed their city. History records that prior to developing a detailed strategy, Nehemiah personally surveyed the city.
The Nehemiah-Group began the project with three phases:
The outcome of their research indicated that the church community should focus on:
Research data found that the top ten services churches provide are:
To sum up how best the mission of the Nehamiah-Group and what their research offers, the following information was taken from their executive summary on the CareFest concept:
George Barna, a recognized Christian researcher who has studied the church in America for the last eighteen years recently wrote, “Americans today are more devoted to seeking spiritual enlightenment than at any previous time during the twentieth century. Yet at this moment of optimum spiritual opportunity, Christianity is having less impact on people’s perspectives and behaviors than ever. Why is that? Because a growing majority of people have dismissed the Christian faith as weak, outdated, and irrelevant. Interestingly, the stumbling block for the church is not its theology, but its failure to apply what it believes in compelling ways. The downfall of the Church has not been the content of its message, but its failure to practice those truths. Christians have been their own worst enemies when it comes to showing the world what authentic, biblical Christianity looks like.”While there would have been hope that these general observations would not have applied to the church community in central Arkansas, the findings of the Nehemiah Project suggested otherwise. Barna goes on to say, “We must prove that we are what we claim to be, or we will certainly lose the platform to influence the world for Christ. If we are going to effectively reach the world around us for Christ, now more than ever people will be attracted by what we do rather than what we say.”Again consistent with Barna’s observations, this research suggests that if the church in central Arkansas is to be effective in communicating its message of hope in Jesus Christ, it must do more than just talk. It must demonstrate the love of Jesus Christ by its actions. The church needs to plant and cultivate seeds of relational trust. Restating a popular phrase, “Our community needs to see that the church cares before it cares what the church says.” The findings of the Nehemiah-Group project suggest several excellent opportunities for the church in seeking to more effectively fulfill its mission as we enter into a new millennium:
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