LIMA — Shifting from the traditional method of drawing people inside church walls, a group of Allen County ministries and a national organization are teaming up to bring the word of God into the communities they serve.
Time to Revive, a Texas-based ministry, has been invited to Allen County from Sept. 10 to Sept. 16. This ministry, operating locally as reviveOhio, will bring a team of missionaries and volunteers from across the U.S. to partner with local churches in Allen County.
The mission of reviveOhio is to unite local churches by equipping believers with the tools to travel into the community, pray for people, share the Gospel, and make disciples of Jesus Christ.
“We go into the community where the needs actually are,” said reviveOhio Co-Chairman Mark Burd. “What we do there is we begin to make disciples for Jesus Christ. So that begins to change the face of the community — when people start to come together to really address the needs that they see out in the community.”
Burd said another benefit is uniting churches within the county.
“Typically what we’ve seen is that they haven’t been working together, they’ve been working separately,” he said. “So one of the things we do is to try and unite the churches to come together.”
Burd said the ultimate goal is to have a “united body of Christ in Lima and Allen County.” As churches begin to work together, he said, they can understand what is needed in the community, and can start collaborating on events and other missions that are meant to unify rather than divide.
“The other thing we’d like to see happen is we’d like this to reach the young and old,” he said. “Regardless of your age, regardless of your social status, we can come together and unite and share the Gospel of Jesus Christ.”
The weeklong outreach event will launch with a communitywide service at 6 p.m. Sept. 10 at Lima Baptist Temple, located at 982 Brower Road. The event is free and open to the public.
The week of outreach will take place Sept. 11 to Sept. 16, beginning with a prayer each day at 7 a.m. at the church. A free breakfast will follow at 8 a.m., and a short training session will begin at 9 a.m. before participants take the streets for community outreach. The group will then meet at noon at a different church each day for worship, testimonies and lunch. Training for the afternoon outreach session will begin at 2 p.m.
Each day culminates back at the host church — Lima Baptist Temple — with a free community dinner at 5:30 p.m., as well as an evening service at 7 p.m.
Reach John Bush at 567-242-0456 or on Twitter @Bush_Lima.