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By applying positive change processes learned from the Center for Congregations and by working through a book that helped them identify what they do best, a team from Poseyville Christian Church in southwest Indiana determined that "we do food really well."
Their challenge was to apply what they do well to community outreach, so that their ministries with food were not just for themselves. Poseyville leaders wanted to offer a special meal to people in need in their community. Knowing that the people who patronize the community food pantry include a lot of single moms, the congregation decided to host a special Mother's Day meal, complete with flowers, table cloths and an excellent dinner. Unfortunately, despite all their work and planning, nobody came.
At this point, many congregations would give up.
But the leader of this project went back to the drawing board and asked, "What are we missing?"
"We realized that we were asking them to come to us . . . and we need to go to them," she said.
So, on a summer Saturday, the Poseyville congregation took grills to the location of the food pantry. They grilled hot dogs and hamburgers and put their good cooks to work on all the accompaniments for a special summer event. It was a success and an event the congregation hopes to repeat.