1. The Church has always cared for community needs.
Jesus did not just preach the Gospel. He met physical and emotional needs by healing, feeding, and simply showing love to people. This approach continued from the very beginning of the first church. The Apostles were overwhelmed by the needs of widows in their community, so they appointed seven men to oversee that ministry and make sure that all of the widows were cared for (Acts 6).
2. The Church is the only organization that can meet certain needs.
Our community, like every community, has people in great physical need. Financial issues, homelessness, and substance abuse are not uncommon in our area.
But people also struggle with relational issues, such as broken marriages, racism, and abuse. In addition, there is an epidemic of loneliness in our community. The Church is a family that teaches love, meaning it is uniquely equipped to mend broken relationships.
Many needs, whether physical or emotional, are ultimately due to a spiritual deficit in the lives of needy people. The Church is the only body on earth that can address this and transform lives.
3. We want people to know the love of God.
This is the church answer, but it’s true. People need to know the love of God. However, many people, even those in a place like Hendricks County, may never have an opportunity to experience this love unless a follower of Jesus steps out and demonstrates it to them. We believe that when we care for the needs of our community some people will take notice of it and want to know more about God. As Jesus said, “Let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven” (Matthew 5:16).
At PCC, we have sensed an increased call to serve these particular needs in our community. We’re looking forward to the opportunities that He will lead us to in the coming months!