Outreach. Another church word. Not used much by others. Outreach. What does it mean when we say this? Literally, it means to “reach out” beyond ourselves. But for what purpose?
We believe that our God of unfailing love is calling Pearce Memorial Church to a Vision to look, live, and love like Jesus. We believe that our God of unfailing love is calling our Pearce family to live out this Vision through our Mission—to be and make disciples of Jesus that love God and neighbor. And finally, we believe that we can best live out God’s Vision and Mission for Pearce through our simple church strategy of Worship (our love for God), Community (our love for one another), and Service (our love for the world).
All of this we get from the words of Jesus. Jesus was asked what the greatest commandment of all was. He responded by saying “Love your God … Love your neighbor” (Matthew 22). Jesus later gave direction to the Great Commandment with what has come to be known as the Great Commission—”Go and make disciples” (Matthew 28).
Back to the beginning: what does outreach mean? There are many things we can do to attract a crowd, but is that outreach? We can use our hobbies and interests to attract all kinds of crowds, but is that truly outreach? Part of fulfilling our Vision and Mission is Outreach because a disciple is someone who loves their God and loves their neighbor, and then “reaches out” to make more and better disciples.
Attracting a crowd doesn’t make us a church. Attracting a crowd doesn’t fit the biblical understanding of “Outreach.” Rather than trying to be all things to all people and repeating the services that are offered by the world, we focus on those things that best help us make disciples, who, one day at a time, might better look, live, and love like Jesus. Our calling is to see hearts and homes on the westside of Rochester and beyond transformed as we live out this Vision and Mission.
Outreach is more than attracting a crowd. It is reaching out to love like Jesus that people might come to know Him. Outreach is where our love for God, our love for our neighbor, and the call to make disciples are lived out.
This is the “Outreach” we long for!