How Habitat for Humanity benefits the church
Multiple lanes coming back to the church
During the last four years, we have built five houses, led the community in fund-raising for the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation and added a $2 million addition to our church building. I can trace all that activity back to our first Habitat house in 2000. You don’t do outreach as an investment, but it just works out that way. A Habitat partnership is definitely a two way street, but there are multiple lanes coming back into church life. Habitat has inspired us to think thoughts that are worthy of God, to think about things that are greater than us and to think about things that demand faith.
The Reverend Pat Driskell
Pastor of First Cumberland Presbyterian Church
A sign of a healthy congregation
The doing of faith is critical. That is why we are involved with Habitat and why we will continue to be involved. People who get involved are often the people who are looking for something in a church. Habitat has been a launching pad for other kinds of service projects. Habitat helps novices find ways of doing good. One of the signs of a healthy congregation is that members can look beyond themselves and look toward others. I think Habitat provides an excellent way to do that.
Bishop Gary Hansen
Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America
Working together to make something happen
Building a Habitat house is about being connectional. It is about 70- and 80-year-old women making lunches. And it is about 13- and 14-year-olds offering sitting services for young families who are working on the site. It is the wonderful connectional experience of knowing that we are capable of working together to make something happen. It also provides us with a sense of missional identity. Building this house has allowed us to be a proactive player in God’s justice raining down in this community in the form of affordable housing.
The Reverend Greg Cruice
New Covenant Presbyterian Church
Establishing an identity in the community
Over the years, our involvement with Habitat for Humanity has helped establish our congregation as one that takes the community’s needs seriously and seeks to meet them in concrete and practical ways. Persons have sought us out as they search spiritually, others as they look for a church home. Our involvement with Habitat for Humanity has stirred some in our congregation to search out and lead us in meeting other community needs. There’s no question in my mind that it has been our commitment to Habitat that has stirred these visions. Our work with Habitat for Humanity has taught our congregation something important about our time in worship around the Lord’s Table. Among our many understandings of communion, we’ve come to think of it as a metaphor for ministry outside the church’s walls, where we’re to share with others the many good things with which God has spread the table of life.
The Reverend Jeff Wright
Heart of the Rockies Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)