The first and most important aspect of the Reach Action Plan is the Reach Initiative which is summed up in the Great Commission (Matt. 28:18-20) and the Great Commandment (Matt. 22:36-39).
The second part of the Reach Action Plan is Social Involvement. As followers of Jesus, we are called to not only reach people with the Gospel, we are also called to love them with the same love God bestows upon us (John 13:34-35).
One of the primary focuses of Reach Action is helping people take the next step out of poverty and ensuring that everyone regardless of race, gender, age, or religion has an equal opportunity for success.
Despite America’s history and challenges regarding equality, America provides the greatest opportunities for success for all people. Our goal as followers of Jesus is to help those who face greater challenges (1 John 3:17-18) to the American dream of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.
Social involvement involves numerous things such as knowing the local, state, and federal sociopolitical issues facing your community with the emphasis being on the local and state. In addition to knowing the issues, it’s important to know how to let your voice be heard on the issues. Lastly, voting is a vital part of the political process.
Volunteerism is also an important part of social involvement. Giving of our time, talents and treasures is not just a Sunday thing, it an everyday thing. God has given each of us gifts, talents, and knowledge that others can benefit from, so whatever they are we should provide them to people in need.
In helping people take the next step out of poverty, mentoring is an important way to help. Often people affected by poverty may lack knowledge and skills that keep them from opportunities that many take for granted. Mentoring is an effective way of helping people succeed.
We are currently working on additional detailed Reach mentor and action resources that will be posted to this website throughout 2020-21. Please like us on Facebook to get updates as they become available.
For now, we want to plant a seed and suggest that you check with your local church, para-church organizations, and community service agencies on ways that you can mentor someone that could benefit from your gifts, talents, and knowledge. Also, check out Reach 3-2-1 Part 3 and 4 for additional information on mentoring new believers and outreach suggestions.