Servolution – defining a culture of serving

Posted: November 13, 2010 in The Armory - media resources
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I am in the middle of reading a very inspirational book on motivating churches to serve their communities.  ‘Servolution’ is written by Dino Rizzo of Healing Place Church (HPC) of Baton Rouge, LA.  As a church, their defining moment came during Hurricane Katrina.  This catastrophe presented incredible opportunities for them to engage their community in many ways – as a church body and as the Body of Christ, working with other churches.  This event set the stage for their future as a church that serves their community and sees life’s transformed in the name of Jesus Christ.  Today, the culture of HPC is ‘everyone serves’ in some manner.  He says “The spark of a true servolution is a simple desire to reach the world by serving one person at a time.”  Jesus said, “Whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.” Here are a few tips from the book to help prepare churches to respond to needs in their communities:

1. Don’t wait for huge crisis’ to occur.  Starting with smaller needs will prepare your church to handle those needs on a larger scale.

2. Serve the first responders (fire, police, salvation army, red cross, etc.)  Building relationships with these now, will open huge doors in the future.

3.  Build a team of chaplains and leaders who are ready to respond to needs.

4.  Collaborate and team up with other churches – learn their ‘specialties’.

5. Serve in your community at events and gatherings that don’t have anything to do with crisis situations.  Get involved in serving during community celebrations as well.

This book is a powerful read!

Brian

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Comments
  1. Rhonda says:

    Brian,
    I totally agree with you to serve one person at a time. I am searching around for somewhere in Yakima that I can serve food at Thanksgiving.
    God bless your ministry,
    Rhonda

    • brian hetzer says:

      Hey Rhonda – the Union Gospel Mission serves their Thanksgiving meals using community volunteers. The spots fill up fast though. Also the Vineyard Christian Fellowship typically has done a large Thanksgiving meal as well. Might try these. God Bless you for stepping out there and serving!

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