Christ calls us to live our faith outside of our church walls. If your church wants to reach out to the community surrounding it, a good place to start is to get to know the people living in your community.
The North Alabama Conference has a powerful tool which allows you to see the demographic make-up of your congregation, as well as your community. It is called Mission Insite. The Center for New Church Development is providing this tool to churches free of charge.
These profiles will allow you to see the economic, educational, and age-based needs in your community.
You will receive an opportunity to see your church stats, as well as your community composition. For example, you could compare your age make-up of your congregation vs. that of the community:
Important questions that you might ask:
For more help on reaching out to your community, contact Rev. Matt Lacey at firstname.lastname@example.org.