This guest post is from K.J. Hill, our Community Development and Outreach Associate Pastor. To sign up for ServeRDU (July 30-Aug 1), click here.
As ServeRDU approaches and we begin publicizing projects, I find myself both excited and anxious. I’m excited because ServeRDU represents a tangible way we bless Raleigh-Durham, a way to demonstrate our love for our city by being out in the community en masse. We are able to put thousands of volunteer hours to use, blessing friends and organizations that are laboring year-round to provide valuable services to our most vulnerable neighbors.
We get the privilege of doing things for them that they may not otherwise get done—like landscaping or painting or re-organizing closets or scrubbing floors. Or we provide supplies and gifts that they don’t have the resources for, or the flexibility to allocate their resources to—like book bags and school supplies and gift cards to thank their employees and volunteers.
What could the impact be if a church the size of the Summit really leveraged our people and resources through ServeRDU? Could you imagine if the 9,000 people that attend the Summit on the weekends all committed to serve this year during ServeRDU? Wouldn’t that communicate so much to our skeptical community?