WHO NEEDS ANOTHER CHURCH IN GREATER MILWAUKEE?
There are plenty of churches in Wauwatosa, Milwaukee and surrounding areas. What good would it do to start another one? With all of the poverty, family
dysfunction, violence and drug issues, what impact could another church have?
These are very valid questions that readers ask when considering the condition of Greater Milwaukee.
I firmly believe that in order for a church to be relevant, it must appropriately address the needs of the communities it serves.
2 REASONS WHY WE NEED NEW CHURCHES
REASON 1: NEW CHURCHES IMPACT NEW LIVES
History show that if churches have been around for 20+ years and don’t actively engage their communities, they begin to decline. A clear sign of a church aging out is when you have mostly older people in the seats, with few children, teens or young families. Research shows that between 7,000 to 10,000 churches close their doors for good every year in America.
A new church with a heart for building authentic relationships actively reaches out to those that may not have grown up in church. These new churches look for direction from the cultures they serve to get fresh ideas for building new communities of people hungry for life change. Life changes heal families and spill over into the community.
REASON 2: NEW CHURCHES IMPACT LOCAL ISSUES
It’s no secret that Greater Milwaukee stays top of the list for most segregated areas in the country. But why does racial unity matter?A great example is found in the business world. Having worked in Corporate America for over a decade, I have seen that companies discovered this key benefit of a diverse workforce:
- People from diverse backgrounds with different experiences foster more creative and innovative work environments.
If you are part of a team that sees a challenge from various vantage points, you are likely to produce more creative and innovative solutions versus a team that sees things from one common experience.
CRISIS FOUND IN THE CITY AND SUBURBS
Drugs, violence and other problems in Greater Milwaukee can no longer be seen as only an urban issue. With heroin and other drug problems affecting families inside and outside of the city core, it will take an all hands on deck approach to solve these problems in every community.
RACIAL UNITY MUST MATTER TO THE CHURCH
This is why new churches that care about accepting all ethnicities are so important. Our combined experience shows God’s love for all people and produces innovation to solve local challenges.
WHAT IS CITY OF LIGHT CHURCH DOING ABOUT IT?
City of Light Church is a multi-ethnic church. This means that we appreciate the value in differences and intentionally attract all ethnicities to partner with us to impact Greater Milwaukee.
For over a year we have hosted community and social events that people of all backgrounds come to and enjoy building relationships cross-culturally. The next phase involves expanding outreach programs to create practical solutions across racial barriers.
We are now inviting more people to be part of our team so our outreach and weekend services in 2016 will reflect God’s heart for unity in our city. I would love to share how to become part of our team.