Risk Taking Mission and Service includes the projects, the efforts, and work people do to make a positive difference in the lives of others for the purposes of Christ, whether or not they will ever be part of the community of faith. It involves pushing beyond ordinary service and everyday missions to offer extraordinary opportunities for life-changing engagement with people.
Address Local Community Needs
In order to understand and positively impact our local community for Christ, we recommend that the Lynn Haven Church engage in the following:
- Awareness: Establish programs at the Lynn Haven Church to increase the awareness of needs in our community. Subjects may include the effects of poverty, mental illness, foster care system, support to disadvantaged schools, alcohol and drug abuse, etc. Increase awareness of these needs at the Lynn Haven Church by making it a normal part of our small group and weekly worship celebrations.
- Training: Develop and promote training programs to educate and enable church members to take effective action in support of our community’s needs. Host training and awareness events at the church campus locations for both church members and community residents.
- Action: Intentionally align the outreach ministries of the Lynn Haven Church to help meet the needs of our community. We recognize that the Fusion facility can serve as a key resource in the outreach efforts of the Lynn Haven Church.
- Partnership: The Lynn Haven Church should seek partnerships with local churches, non-profit organizations, or government agencies that have effective community programs that align with our goals (for example, St. Andrew Baptist’s Center of Hope).
Address Regional/National/International Needs
In support of reaching people for Christ beyond our local community, we recommend that the Lynn Haven Church plan and promote additional UMVIM (United Methodist Volunteers in Mission) service opportunities. We recommend seeking consistent participation of 20% of our worshipers in UMVIM programs. Additionally, we recommend that the Lynn Haven Church position itself to allocate 20% of the yearly budget to mission programs.