Church Has Left the Building (CHLB)
One Sunday a year, members of Christ UMC will go into the community to serve others in a city-wide outreach.
We are "blessed to be a blessing" as part of the Abrahamic Covenant of Genesis 12:1-3. Because of our faith in Christ, we have a responsibility to bless the nations in Brazos County through hands-on service (being the hands and feet of Jesus, 2 Cor. 5:14-21).
We join God in His current mission right here in our own backyard. CHLB provides an excellent opportunity to look for God's leading and boldly obey Him.
"Don't do church - Be the church." We turn our focus to others rather than ourselves by serving side-by-side in our community. Through these actions, God tells us that through the power of the Holy Spirit, we will grow in fellowship and spiritual commitment, while demonstrating the love of Christ to our neighbors. CHLB moves us beyond just talking about our faith to putting our faith into action, not as a token or a one day effot, but to help others experience joy through serving and therefore, for service to become part of the DNA of our church and our people.
Meeting needs in the community and sharing the love of Jesus are intricately woven together in CHLB. Instead of just telling our community to come to our church, CHLB is an intentional outreach focus to take the church to the people through acts of service and love. Our faith calls us to love God and to love our neighbors as ourselves. Service is an outflow of loving our neighbors.
CHLB is an opportunity to invite un-churched friends and community members to serve alongside us. Through this unique serving opportunity we hope to develop friendships, engage in spiritual discussions, foster spiritual commitment, and help new believers become fully devoted followers of Christ.
Plans are underway to conduct CHLB at Christ UMC. More information will be available as it is developed.