Monthly community breakfasts were transactional instead of relational, he says.
“Transactional service ranks us. It says, ‘I have something of value. You don’t,’” Joel says.
So instead of just serving breakfast, church members sat down and ate with those who walked in the door. They host kid activities at Creek Fire and York Fest. Joel even donned a pair of black, knee high boots and walked a mile to benefit the YWCA’s ACCESS-York and Victim Assistance programs.
“We’re here because we want those relationships to flourish,” Joel says. “Our neighbors have as many gifts to share with us as we do with them. To share, we have to get outside our walls.”