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