SUSA has branched out into a different way of doing mission. We believe that mission is most effective in the context of relationships, as people ‘journey together’ through life. This is a significant move away from the ‘arrive and leave’ scenario adopted by most other organisations. There’s nothing worse than that empty feeling of loss and abandonment, which often accompanies such ministries. That is ‘no-way’ to build community.
We believe in long-term, incarnational mission, where individuals and groups become involved in communities, sharing in the lives of those with whom they seek to share the Good News. However, we also believe that these relationships must go the next step of introducing people to what faith is, and to the person and work of Jesus Christ.
Our programs are designed for local communities, including those who are in particular need. Our programs may include making housing available for those who need it, feeding hungry people, running children and youth activities which create a sense of self worth and purpose, presenting wider community events, helping elderly people in practical ways – even backyard blitzes and the like.
SUSA is seeking to build teams that will bridge the gap between the church and the local community. Any project focussed on meeting local needs, with the desire to lovingly share the gospel, is a project of interest to us. We can help you put legs on your desire to reach your community with the life and message of Jesus Christ.
If you would like to find out more, then our Elevate Framework could be just the thing in helping your church connect with your community.
The purpose of the Elevate framework is to identify what is the next best action or program to grow a stronger relationship between your community and your church. Elevate helps churches to keep this relationship growing consistently over time so that communities can see in increasing measure the unique value that churches and faith in Jesus can bring. While there is an initial investment of time and effort for Elevate to work, it grows deep roots that time and again produce remarkable fruit.
Find out more about the ELEVATE Framework
If you’re interested in doing something in your community then contact us – we would love to hear from you!