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How to Engage Your Community through Serving By Josh Presley

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The church no longer has the voice it once did—especially not in the New England states. This region of North America was the genesis of revival and the Great Awakening but much has changed.

How can a church engage its community and regain its voice with residents and community leaders? About six years ago our church was asking the same question.

Calvary had gone from full capacity in its heyday to just over a dozen people scrambling to keep the doors open. At one point they even put the building for sale. The closing of Loring Air Force base in nearby Limestone, Maine, and the subsequent struggling economy were major contributors to this shrinking membership and the budgetary crisis.

Now more than twenty years after the base closing, Calvary is experiencing steady growth. Though an increased pew population is probably a positive sign, it doesn’t necessarily reflect our real impact in our community. We wanted more than just an increased Sunday morning attendance.

So six years ago we began to think through how we might see true change and influence in northern Maine. Through much prayer and consideration, we scheduled an entire week for our church to serve our city. We called it “Calvary Cares About Caribou.”

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