Stephen Viars: Loving Your Community

Proven Practices for Community-Based Outreach Ministry (Baker Books)

Loving Your Community: Proven Practices for Community-Based Outreach Ministry
(Baker Books, 2020)

WHO: Stephen Viars, a pastor and biblical counselor at Faith Church and Faith Biblical Counseling Ministries in Lafayette, Indiana.

HE SAYS: “Finding ways to relate to your community with Christlike love could result in a harvest of amazing spiritual fruit.”

THE BIG IDEA: This guidebook is written to equip individuals and churches to meet their communities’ practical needs.

Part 1, “The Biblical Foundation of Community-Based Ministry,” establishes the importance of loving people in the name of Christ. Part 2, “The Practice of Community-Based Ministry,” gives practical examples of different ways outreaches have impacted their communities. Part 3, “The Challenges of Community-Based Ministries,” provides potential questions and objections that might be raised and offers steps the local church can take.

“I am absolutely convinced that Christians and churches becoming more involved in community-based outreach ministry is essential to accomplishing God’s plan for his world.”

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