Outreach is bad for the Church

Here’s a thought I’ve been wrestling with for some time and would like your input. As followers of Christ we are challenged to go into the world, do not neglect the widowed or poor, love our neighbors as ourselves, etc. Most churches refer to mission/social work as Outreach. And here’s our problem.

By nature of the word, Outreach allows for us to stand at arms length away and serve. We never truly embrace the need, concern, or passion of the individual we serve. We reach out but we don’t bring in. It’s hard enough to allow our friends into our lives, to see us for who we are and to carry each others burdens. Thus we prefer Outreach. It makes us feel good about ourselves without having to truly embrace the individual, or allow the individual to embrace us!

What’s your thoughts?


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