Community Service & Outreach in the Reopening Phase. Roundtable discussion with Heath Hollandsworth, Johnny Ova & Eric Jaffe

This is an unprecedented season of opportunity for your church. In today’s episode we’re going to look under the hood at three churches that are involved in some pretty amazing community service and outreach in the reopening phase.

  • Heath Hollandsworth, Executive Pastor of Ministries – Graystone Church, Georgia // Graystone Church believes one of the reasons the church exists is to better the communities we’re in. This conviction led them to begin Graystone Community Care, a free after school program for kids in the community from babies up through high school age.
  • Johnny Ova, Lead Pastor – Sound of Heaven Church, New York // Sound of Heaven Church is very outward motivated and passionate about one-on-one discipleship. When they discovered that local food pantries had been shut down at the peak of COVID, the church emptied out their sanctuary and turned it into a food pantry, even offering online ordering for shoppers.
  • Eric Jaffe, Lead Pastor – Journey Church, Florida // Journey Church serves a diverse group of people in middle to lower class communities in the Jacksonville area. Each year they partner with about a dozen local ministries, but this year COVID presented them with unique opportunities because so many were struggling financially. During this time the church has been able to help with food distribution, school supply donations and ministering to people in prison, whether they be inmates or officers working there.

Thank You for Tuning In!

There are a lot of podcasts you could be tuning into today, but you chose unSeminary, and I’m grateful for that. If you enjoyed today’s show, please share it by using the social media buttons you see at the left hand side of this page. Also, kindly consider taking the 60-seconds it takes to leave an honest review and rating for the podcast on iTunes, they’re extremely helpful when it comes to the ranking of the show and you can bet that I read every single one of them personally!

Lastly, don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast on iTunes, to get automatic updates every time a new episode goes live!


  1. This is just what I need today. Our church is becoming a fellowship attached to another church. We will only meet as a church once a month. We can have small Bible meetings and I am going to strongly suggest what these churches are doing and what can we do? Thanks so much.

Leave a Response

Rich Birch
Rich Birch is one of the early multi-site church pioneers in North America. He led the charge in helping The Meeting House in Toronto to become the leading multi-site church in Canada with over 5,000+ people in 18 locations. In addition, he served on the leadership team of Connexus Church in Ontario, a North Point Community Church Strategic Partner. He has also been a part of the lead team at Liquid Church - a 5 location multisite church serving the Manhattan facing suburbs of New Jersey. Liquid is known for it’s innovative approach to outreach and community impact. Rich is passionate about helping churches reach more people, more quickly through excellent execution.His latest book Church Growth Flywheel: 5 Practical Systems to Drive Growth at Your Church is an Amazon bestseller and is design to help your church reach more people in your community.