Why is local outreach important for Christians?
It is a wonderful opportunity to align ourselves with the teachings of Jesus, strengthen the community of believers, meet immediate needs, facilitate evangelism, and demonstrate Christ’s love in relevant and impactful ways.
Here are some ways to get involved in the community:
King’s Table Ministry
Because every life has value and purpose, they are dedicated to serving individuals and families impacted by developmental and intellectual disabilities. They provide supportive services, enrichment opportunities, and community connections to individuals, families, caregivers, and educators in public schools, group homes, and in the community.
Mel Trotter Ministries
Mel Trotter serves the homeless, victims of drug addiction, and the unemployed in West Michigan through a Christ-centered, holistic program of crisis intervention and Biblical counseling to restore them to a right relationship with God, their families, and society.
Safe Haven provides faith-based domestic violence services offering residential emergency shelter and non-residential services including counseling, support groups, case management, advocacy, and children’s trauma workshops. Their outreach programs bring education and prevention initiatives to agencies, schools, businesses, and churches in the community.
Urban Transformation Ministries
UTM exists to redeem inner-city youth, families, and communities (specifically in the Belknap-Lookout, South Creston, and Highland Park areas) with the transforming gospel of Christ and to develop leaders who will impact their neighborhood for Christ through small groups, sports, and one-on-one ministry.
West Michigan Friendship Center
The West Michigan Friendship Center exists to respond to the reality that more than 40,000 Muslims now call West Michigan home. The Center comes in the love of God, alongside people from other countries, refugees, immigrants, and others – offering friendship, community, services, resources, and hearts of loving welcome.
West Michigan Youth for Christ Grand Rapids
West Michigan Youth for Christ is a local chapter of Youth for Christ USA serving in the Holland, Muskegon, and the greater Grand Rapids Area. Our mission is to reach every kid, everywhere within our region with the life-changing message of Jesus Christ.