Sunday, August 1, 2010

Saintly Social Service Strategies

Start by doing what's necessary; then do what's possible; and suddenly you are doing the impossible. - Francis of Assisi

The church used to be the hub of of American communities. It was the meeting house and the social gathering place for most towns. The church served as the center of the communities in which it existed.

Churches have a unique opportunity to serve their communities beyond offering meeting space for homeschooling and Moms Of Preschoolers (MOP). Churches don't have to end their service at housing Christian preschools and day cares. The church has some saintly social service strategies that it can implement as the church or as a faith-based nonprofit entity as an extension for the church.

Prevention Programs
  • Charter schools
  • After school programs
  • Family counseling services
  • Substance abuse prevention programs'
  • Pre-marital classes
  • Gang awareness workshops for parents & educators
  • Drop-out prevention programs
  • SNAP-ED screening and eligibility presentations

Intervention Programs

  • Couples counseling
  • Family literacy programs
  • Food pantry
  • Substance abuse counseling
  • Gang intervention/ diversion
  • Continuing education courses
  • GED classes
  • Supervised visitation
  • Family mediation
  • Health intervention and support groups (diabetes, obesity, etc.)

Recovery Programs

  • Family reunification
  • Prison re-entry
  • Job readiness skills training
  • Substance abuse recovery
  • Grief counseling

Pray over what else the Lord may lead you to do. God can use you in a miraculous way to reach your local community. Let Him speak to your heart about the needs that exist around you and your church.

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