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The LADA Group Economic Development: Empowering the Church to Empower the Community

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Every day when we turn on the news, look on the Internet, or open the newspaper, we are finding discouraging news about our economy. To be more specific, we are seeing an alarming number of foreclosures, layoffs, corporate downsizing, retirement plan losses, and a meltdown on Wall Street. This economy has not only people and businesses in a state of fear and concern but also our churches. Everybody is experiencing uncertainty and anxiety due to these tough economic times.

So what is the Christian community to do? Are we to sit on the sidelines of life and hope the economy will get better on its own without any help from the church? No—we must act with urgency and work together as The Lada Group to provide ministries that empower people to empower their communities. A healthy economy is one driven by persons the church has empowered to give back to the community.

Through our Economic Development Ministry at The LADA Group, we strive to empower people to be better. If our people are better, then the church is better, if the church is better then the economy is better, if the economy is better then this nation is better, and if this nation is better then this world is better. In other words, when people are better, money begins to circulate, and when money circulates, jobs are created, businesses are birthed, investments are increased, etc. We believe everyone wins in this equation.

The LADA Group put the word “community” in its Mission for a reason. Most of Jesus’ ministry was done outside the four walls of the temple. We want to make sure we are meeting the needs of those within the four walls and those outside the four walls of the church. We are a community development group who has answered the call to move beyond the four walls that have confined many churches, and take ministry to the community where there are many needs to be met.

Our Economic Development Ministry has answered this call by dedicating itself to improving the economic status of the communities in which we interact. We strive to first empower our people who then will turn around and empower the surrounding neighborhoods, the minority community, and the San Diego metropolitan area. As our mission statement declares, we are called “to provide services to minority and women-owned businesses designed to strengthen and support these businesses to accomplish the ultimate goal of community empowerment and liberation through Christ.”

One of the most important things we do is provide educational opportunities to educate and empower people to be better. The Bible says in Hosea 4:6, “My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge.” (NRSV) We do not want our people, especially our young people, who are the church of today and tomorrow to be lacking in knowledge. Therefore, we educate and empower people in the following areas: finances, employment, entrepreneur skills, credit building, resume building, interviewing skills, job searching, and much more. We strongly believe we must first educate and train before people can be empowered to go out beyond the four walls of the church. Take a minute to ponder and imagine what the economy and world would look like if we had more people with reasonable knowledge in the areas mentioned above.

Another thing we do at The LADA Group  is strive to support business owners within the church. We produce a business directory with all of our businesses owned by church members and provide a copy to our membership and those in the community. This helps people to be well informed and aware of the different businesses owned by members at The LADA Group. We then encourage our members to support these businesses not only with their money and resources but also with their prayers.

Money alone is not enough; covering our businesses in prayer is priceless. One of the most effective ways our members are able to support our businesses is by the church providing opportunities for our local businesses to come and sell their merchandise. We do this by focusing on some of the major events in the life of the church. We invite business owners both within the church and out in the community to come so we can patronize their businesses. In these tough economic times, we must be creative and think outside the box by providing ways to keep our businesses afloat. Doing this will not only benefit the church, it will also benefit the economy and community.

We engrain in the minds of our members the importance of being in ministry to those who are less fortunate than we. Helping those who are less fortunate, those who sit on the margins of society and those who are poor in return we will see the economy strengthen. Each year we partner with different community organizations to help rebuild those communities considered to be run down.

Perhaps you have not been able to come up with creative ideas to empower your church and community. Remember that great ideas are not just in the minds of clergy. The people we see each and every Sunday sitting in the pews also have great and creative ideas for ministry. I would encourage all pastors to sit down with laypersons and brainstorm ideas which will empower our churches and communities, and transform this world.

We must not be afraid to sit down with those business owners in our churches and ask them how the church can be of assistance. Many of these persons are simply waiting for one of us to ask them their thoughts. Our churches are filled with people who have great ideas, some of which might be the one to make the pivotal difference in our communities during these difficult economic times. Learn more:  https://recyclingdollars.wordpress.com/entrepreneurship-ministry/

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Ways to Help The Financial Status of the Church

Ideas on Ways to Help the Financial Status of the Church

Keep a church’s budget in check with fundraisers.

In tough economic times, a church can face budget problems that threaten the operation because much of its income is based on its congregation’s donations. When your church is moving toward a financial crisis, take action to cut costs and add to the budget. As you plan how to help the church’s financial status, consider ways you can use existing resources, cut costs and make use of members to keep the church running.

  1. Scrub the Budget

    • When your church is in financial trouble, go through the budget to find areas that might be draining funds. Check out the electricity bill, money spent for supplies, the cleaning fee and the cost of staff. If your church is spending money on a local cleaning service, you might ask for volunteers to take over the job each week. If the electricity bill is high, you can put in electric timers to ensure that all of the lights will turn off at a certain time, or seal the windows to eliminate heat leaks during the winter.

    Rent the Space

    • Churches often have plenty of meeting space that can be used by local groups. To add extra money to your church’s bank account, rent out different areas of the building when it is not in use. Local choirs or musical ensembles might want to rehearse in the sanctuary, organizations can hold meetings in the kitchen or conference area, and individual musicians can rent the children’s room for the use of the piano. To advertise, find the email addresses of local organizations and groups from the local chamber of commerce and send out an email announcement that includes the fees and general availability.

    Appeal to the Congregation

    • When your church is struggling, bring the problem to the congregation. For a loyal group of church members, keeping it operating is of paramount importance for their spiritual lives. You can send out an appeal for donations, request that church members brainstorm possible fundraising ideas, or ask for volunteers to take over some of the services that are draining the resources. By being honest with the congregation and working together, you can help the financial status of the church and build community.

    Hold Fundraisers

    • If you have gone through your church’s budget and cannot find ways to save money on expenses, add to your coffers with fundraisers. Because most churches have a building, kitchen and grounds, you will not need to pay rental fees for an event location. If you want to target the local community in addition to the church members, hold the event in an outdoor, neutral zone to avoid alienating anyone who is not religious. Possible church fundraisers include concerts, a community-wide talent show, a pasta dinner or a kids’ carnival. You might also sponsor a parents’ night out, where families can drop their kids off for a certain period of time while they have an evening out or complete errands. Schedule games and snacks for the kids and charge the parents a flat fee for the service.

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