At Send Me St. Louis, we work with local churches and organizations to assist in the development of healthy, strong community engagement at all stages. Whether you need a sounding board to launch something new or a brainstorming session to improve the impact of current programming, we truly desire to walk alongside your important Kingdom work in St. Louis.
As an organization, Send Me St. Louis has defined key markers for a healthy ministry.
Principles for Healthy Community Engagement
The core DNA of a church or organization’s outreach strategy and vision will impact its efforts to engage, serve, and love a community. Consider these healthy principles when working to engage your community:
- Seek to include those you serve in all stages of the planning process.
- Acknowledge the role of both those serving and those being served in the solution(s) to a community’s challenge.
- Pursue holistic strategies that acknowledge the complexity of problems.
- Engage head and heart in your response.
- Focus on having deep impact that addresses underlying challenges and issues.
- Place relationships at the center of all you do.
This Spring, you can join – Go & See: Experiencing Transformational Ministry Models – a highlight of three ministries making great strides toward implementing these “Principles for Healthy Community Engagement” as they serve their neighbors.
#2: TUESDAY, APRIL 25, 9 to 11 a.m.
Alton Mission (Deliverance Temple, 1125 E. 6th St., Alton, IL 62002)
Presenter: Pastor Peter Hough
#3: TUESDAY, MAY 23, 9 to 11 a.m.
“Stops” have been selected to provide a diversity of locations and ministry types, but consistent to all is a desire to serve their community in transformative ways informed by principles outlined regularly by Send Me St. Louis and in books like When Helping Hurts and Toxic Charity.
If you want to attend, please register.
For additional Community Engagement resources, visit SendMeStLouis.org.