• Prayer walk your own neighborhood.
  • Create a plan for inviting your neighbors to bridge events at church (Christmas & Easter services, Small Group Parties, etc.
  • Grill in the front yard to get to know your neighbors.
  • See the schools as a mission field. Volunteer as a chaperone for field trips, dances, grad night or PTA. 
  • Invite a friend for coffee and utilize the time to discuss your life.
  • Give an invite card to a waiter or waitress along with a generous tip!
  • Memorize Luke 19:10 and create a list of the potential “lost” people you’d like to reach in your area.
  • Attend a local cultural or ethnically distinctive event in an effort to understand the cultures around your area.
  • Deliver fresh-baked cookies to a neighbor or co-worker.
  • Bring fresh flowers to someone you know in a nursing home.
  • Offer to babysit for free.
  • Rake a neighbor's leaves for free.
  • Pay for someone’s coffee or meal behind you in the drive-through.
  • Send a note of encouragement to someone.
  • Sign up for the next First Saturday Serve Day
  • Give baked goods or a small gift to your postman or delivery person (especially during Christmas).
  • Shop for The Refuge Foster Care Closet
  • Bake goodies and take them to the police station, fire station, or hospital.
  • Take a box of doughnuts to a school, office, workplace, etc.
  • Cook a meal for a neighbor, co-worker, or widow.
  • Help tutor a struggling student.
  • Coach a ball team
  • Pay for someone’s groceries
  • Send a foster family a meal.
  • Buy gift cards for a foster family or a family in need.
  • Establish a guest room in your home to house missionaries & pastors.
  • Pray for the country on the label of your clothes.
  • Pray for a week for the Muslim countries in North Africa, the Middle East, South Asia, and Indonesia.
  • Pray for your children to be open to wherever God might call them in service around the world.
  • Start a connection to any of our long-term international missionaries.
  • Pray for the Persecuted church
  • Give to Faith Commitment Giving, which supports various ministries and missions

Do something you don't have to do.

"If you only do what you have to do, you will be limited in what you do. It’s the stuff that you don’t have to do that ultimately changes your faith.

Maybe that’s what Jesus meant when He suggested this to a group of people gathered around Him to hear Him teach:

“Suppose someone forces you to go one mile. Go two miles with them.”

Mile One fulfilled an obligation.
Mile Two changed the nature of their relationship.

That one step from Mile One across the line to Mile Two changes everything.

On the Mile Two side of the line, God gets bigger, life gets fuller, and friendships get deeper.

So here’s the question: What have you done lately that you didn’t have to do?

You don’t have to become a foster parent.
You don’t have to lead middle schoolers.
You don’t have to pause to talk to a child.
You don’t have to buy someone’s meal.
You don’t have to ask the waiter his name.
You don’t have to help your local school.
You don’t have to forgive that friend who offended you.
You don’t have to show up for someone at the hospital.
You don’t have to give anything away.
You don’t have to invest in someone else’s recovery.

In fact, in many ways, life will be easier if you don’t. But if you do, it will change you. If you do, you will feel something deeper. If you do, you will tap into something sacred you never knew existed. If you do, you will experience love in a radical new way." -Reggie Joiner