… then start with a city wide volunteer day.
Love Our Cities had grown to about two dozen cities in Northern California when we were contacted by Jay from Fullerton in Southern California. Jay is a pastor who left his church to start a non profit, OC United, to be a convener of multiple churches across Orange County to meet the deepest needs of their cities.
Jay knew he needed a catalytic event to get the ball rolling. Something that could be seen across the County and drive awareness, buzz, and momentum. In a series of random-to-us-but-not-to-God events, Jay found Love Our Cities. Looking back, he commented,
"From the first day I read about this movement I felt a strong compelling connection and wanted to bring it to my city and North Orange County as well. It works, mobilizing the faith community in partnership with city government, local businesses, public and private schools, and local residents is genius."
What are the needs of your city?
Maybe there’s a need for school/ church partnerships? Maybe it’s addressing homelessness, or foster care, or human trafficking? (Maybe you need to meet with your city leaders and hear what they think is a huge need.)
Whatever it is, if you want to start a city-wide, multi-church initiative, our experience says to start with a city-wide volunteer day.
Because a one-day, city wide event builds momentum. There is buzz in your city as posters, fliers, and build boards go up around town. News stations love to cover these types of events. They are easy to invite the entire community to join.
Because in asking how to help, city leaders, non-profits, schools, businesses… practically every sector of the community, can be a participant in a meaningful way.
Because sometimes getting multiple churches to partner around an initiative can be like herding cats, but inviting multiple churches to the table to plan a one-day event, with neutral branding, is a great place to start building relationships and trust, which can foster more collaborative efforts.
We work with dozens of cities, and each one has their own unique needs. Despite the differences, each city recognizes the power of a catalytic event and what it can do to inspire a community of Christ followers to have a significant, long lasting impact, on their city.
Interested in starting a city-wide volunteer day in your city? We’d love to connect and help you get started!