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Churches Helping Churches

   “God helps those who help themselves!”  Unfortunately, many people quote that as if it is a verse in the Bible.  The truth is; it is not!  The bigger problem is that many think even if it is not a direct Bible quote it certainly sums up what the Bible teaches.  Once again; it is not truth!  Actually, Jesus says, “Without me ye can do nothing!”  In fact, the truth is that God helps those who cannot help themselves.  He saves those who cannot save themselves.  He sustains those who cannot sustain themselves.  He secures those who cannot secure themselves.   

     God does not need us but we desperately need Him!  We take far too much credit, sometimes, for our accomplishments when the truth is that it is the work of God in our lives. Jer. 9:23-24 says “Thus saith the LORD, Let not the wise man glory in his wisdom, neither let the mighty man glory in his might, let not the rich man glory in his riches: But let him that glorieth glory in this, that he understandeth and knoweth me, that I am the LORD which exercise lovingkindness, judgment, and righteousness, in the earth: for in these things I delight, saith the LORD.”

     We have also heard, “hurting people hurt people!”  That is often very true, but what I am wondering is why do helped people and helped churches not help others more?  We all need help and we all should have a burden to help others.  Is your church helping another church?  What is your church doing to be a blessing and an encouragement to another congregation?  Have you thought of things you could do and ways you could help a congregation that could definitely use a helping hand?  Let me go ahead and say it now, “Healthy churches help other churches!”

     While there are many ways to be an encouragement to another church such as prayer, advice, resources, and fellowship here are some practical ways you can be a blessing to another congregation and/or a church plant:

     First, mentor them!  Allow your staff and volunteers to spend time with the other church’s leadership in order to share ideas and brainstorm.  It is always good to have a fresh set of eyes to look at your situation and invariably they will see things you do not see.  Everybody and every church have blind spots and it is healthy to cross-pollinate with others who are striving for the same goals.  There are blind spots we cannot see but others can and we should always be willing to learn from others.  Remember, a mentor is someone who has been where you want to go and is willing to help you get there.

     Second, spend time with them!  It doesn’t have to be through a training or consultation that you spend time together but also just enjoying each other’s company.  Here are some ideas: A joint baptism service or prayer service, plan a praise and worship service together, a service project in the other church’s community, a family camp or retreat together.  You could even both travel together to go help a non-profit ministry such as a rescue mission, a food pantry, or a pregnancy crisis center.  Dream and envision ways you could spend time together and be a blessing to each other and to others also.

     Third, share your resources with them.  There are all types of resources but quite often expertise is not thought of as much as finances.  Some churches could use a web-site person, talented musicians, equipped teachers, and many other skilled people.  Take the initiative to find out what the other church needs and then connect them with someone in your church who can meet that need.  Phil. 4:15-16 says, “Now ye Philippians know also, that in the beginning of the gospel, when I departed from Macedonia, no church communicated with me as concerning giving and receiving, but ye only. For even in Thessalonica ye sent once and again unto my necessity.”

     Fourth, take a short-term mission trip to help them on a particular project!  Take a group over the weekend or for a week and tackle a project that maybe they could not accomplish on their own.  Provide the person-power needed that they do not have presently.  Our church just returned from Nixa, MO, helping church planter John Herring.  We helped clean-up after a city event hosted by the chamber of commerce.  We were excited to hear how thankful the city officials were for a church that was willing to truly be servant minded.  It was a huge win for Refuge church.

     Healthy churches help other churches!