Thinking about church life and such I’ve come to a question that I need help dealing with.
Is there a difference between what a church supports and what a church does?
Thinking broadly to issues like social justice, homelessness, poverty, missions, missionaries, community involvement, and many other areas.
Churches seem to often “support” many causes, some financially, some with promotion and even some with physical resources such as volunteers. Then there are churches who intentionally seek out the needs of the community and the world and develop their own programs and efforts that are developed, staffed, run, and funded by that particular church.
Is one better than the other? Is our goal to involve people from our congregations? Or is simply to have places/opportunities for our members to point towards and say my church/I support(s) _____?
How do we reconcile the difference between what we do individually/as a local congregation and what we see as good causes that were developed by someone else?