Big Serve is Changing this City

“Big Serve is changing this city, you know.”

The white-haired gentleman pulled me aside last week after Big Serve Site Leader training and with bright hopeful eyes gave me this insight. “My church has changed since we’ve been a part of the Big Serve. We focus more outside our doors than ever before.” He joined Big Serve last year and this year decided to help lead the cause. It’s true. God is using Big Serve in mightier ways than just to get a wall painted or a weed pulled. He’s building and unifying His Church in our town.

A mom listens as her kids in the back of the car gleefully point out where they’ve served at Big Serve and ask her “When can we go back?!” Church members build community as they mulch trees at a park together. “I’ve seen you in church but never knew you, until today. I’m so glad we got to serve together!”

Pastors work together on sermons and service projects, seeing one another as teammates, not competitors. “Working together makes so much sense.”

Business owners find out there is a non-profit in town that needs help and jump into action. “I have the tools to fill the need. I'm so glad I can help out!”

WOW! These are the stories told because of the experience of the Big Serve. What a joy to see the faithful prayers of the Springs and so many others being answered.

The goal of Big Serve is two-fold:

  • to UNIFY the Church of New Braunfels and
  • to expose the Church to the needs of New Braunfels and MOBILIZE us to take action.

Big Serve Sunday is not a day to sleep in, it's a day to BE the Church and put our faith into action.

The Church in New Braunfels is a team, we're a unit. Big Serve Sunday is a very real example of this. We are all on the same mission-to love God and love others. Our mission field is New Braunfels and we are called to love and serve the oppressed, the poor, the widow/single mom. We are so much more effective when we work together. We must unify if we are to win the battle for hearts and lives in our city with the love of Jesus.

In the past 30 years, our post-modern culture has steered Americans away from the Church. They are skeptical and ignoring us. Our footprint is shrinking. We must do things differently if we want to change our city for Christ. We must shift our energy from how to get someone to come through our church doors and instead, focus our energies on how to most effectively bring Jesus to them. We can do this by walking out of our church doors and serving as the Church in unity.

The Big Serve is a heart check, not a place to check the box and say, “I served!”.

Big Serve reminds us what it feels like to serve those that Jesus asks us to walk alongside. That morning of service is a time to listen through the hammering and chatter and hear God’s call for our lives, that we are to pour out our lives for the vulnerable around us. Big Serve is a pause from the busy and a time to ask ourselves, “How do I join God in the work that he’s already up to in New Braunfels? Is this non-profit where God wants to grow my faith? How do I more fully surrender my life into service to those that God loves and cares for, but that may be forgotten in our world?”

We want to see lives, including our own, changed in New Braunfels through Jesus. We can make a much bigger difference in New Braunfels if we do it in unity. We want our kids to see the world as a place where they can make a difference. How will you be a part of the “Big C” Church in New Braunfels? Big Serve is just a week away (Sunday 9/8)

Sign-up for your Big Serve site today! bigservenb.org

Big Serve Planning Team Lead – Kim Francis, [email protected]
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Facebook: Big Serve NB

Isaiah 58:6-12
“No, this is the kind of fasting I want: Free those who are wrongly imprisoned; lighten the burden of those who work for you. Let the oppressed go free, and remove the chains that bind people.
Share your food with the hungry, and give shelter to the homeless. Give clothes to those who need them, and do not hide from relatives who need your help.
“Then your salvation will come like the dawn, and your wounds will quickly heal.
Your godliness will lead you forward, and the glory of the Lord will protect you from behind.
Then when you call, the Lord will answer. ‘Yes, I am here,’ he will quickly reply.
“Remove the heavy yoke of oppression. Stop pointing your finger and spreading vicious rumors!
Feed the hungry, and help those in trouble.

Then your light will shine out from the darkness, and the darkness around you will be as bright as noon.

The Lord will guide you continually, giving you water when you are dry and restoring your strength. You will be like a well-watered garden, like an ever-flowing spring.

Some of you will rebuild the deserted ruins of your cities. Then you will be known as a rebuilder of walls and a restorer of homes.

“If you want to build adults who think the world revolves around them, then make sure your whole world revolves around your kids. But if you want kids who go out and meet the need that surrounds us, show them what it looks like to do just that.”
– Jennie Allen

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