Announcing Real-Time Alerts: Making it easier to show God’s love in tangible ways

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The church shines brightest when we are living out God’s heart for people around us. God inclines his heart towards people suffering and facing difficulties, and so should His church. You don’t have to look far to find people who need a kind word, prayer or material support. Our churches, neighborhoods, and cities are filled with people in need, but too often we miss the opportunities to be the hands and feet of Christ to them.

One of the principal rules of religion is to lose no occasion of serving God. And, since he is invisible to our eyes, we are to serve him in our neighbor; which he receives as if done to himself in person, standing visibly before us.  ~ John Wesley

As John Wesley points out, serving our neighbors is an act of service to Christ himself. Almost as a warning, he encourages us to ‘lose no occasion’ to serve others. This is the spirit behind our newest feature: Urgent Care.

You never know when you will come across someone in need or when you will find yourself in need of help. That’s just how life happens. If you are anything like me, the pace of your life makes it all too easy to intend to respond to someone’s need, but the intent doesn’t always turn into action. Using Real-Time Alerts, you can act in the moment with a few easy clicks in your app.

Here is how it works:

Your church has specific ways that you minister to your community. Perhaps it’s a ministry to support those living in poverty, or caring for elderly members of your community. Whatever form your ministries take, Real-Time Alerts allows you to create a customized form for people to communicate needs as they come across them.

For instance, at small group this evening, you learned that the Stewart family is struggling to make ends meet. You knew that Steve had lost his job a few months back, but he isn’t the kind of guy to ask for help. With the holidays approaching, their already tight budget is going to be stretched even further. This is exactly why your church has a mercy ministry. Later that night you share the need using your mobile app and Pastor Michael, who leads your mercy ministry, gets the details within minutes.

Later that week, Susan Stewart opens her front door, finding a care package of groceries, a few gift cards and a personal note from Pastor Michael. Tears in her eyes, she reads his words, knowing that the struggles her family is facing have been noticed by her Heavenly Father and her community of faith. She may never know who it was that noticed they were struggling, but she does know that her family matters to the people at the church and that they are not alone.

How often do we miss the opportunities to create experiences like this? We hope that by creating Real-Time Alerts we make it a bit easier for each of us to live out the mercy that has been given to us.

In what ways are you engaging your community by meeting urgent needs throughout the week?