The gospel of Jesus Christ is near and dear to our hearts. Therefore it brings us great joy as a church to declare its truth and demonstrate its effects. As a church family, we are committed to playing our part in fulfilling the great commission. We want to see the gospel proclaimed right here in the Orlando area, but also throughout the whole world as disciples are made for the glory of God (Matthew 24:14; 28:18-20).
We Are For The City
We made an important decision early on in our local mission. We wanted to listen to our community before acting. As we listened we heard of real needs. Some of those needs were already being met by amazing organizations within our city. Instead of trying to create our own version of their programs, we partnered with those who showed excellence and share our values as followers of Jesus. This doesn't just look like financial support. As a church we join in many of their yearly initiatives and we organize throughout the year to bless their efforts through food drives, workdays and other events.
But you don't have to wait for one of those events. We would love for you to get to know some of these incredible partners. And if the Lord is leading you, go to their volunteer pages and get directly involved. We have chosen these ministries because we commend them to you. You can read all about them on our Community Partners page.
Our partners are doing incredible work, but there are still many needs in our community where few or none are currently working. This has led us as a church to create ministries that stand in the gap. Below you can find some of our current initiatives to love others as we would love ourselves. Please consider getting involved with the work that we are doing and feel free to reach out to Shane with questions, suggestions and feedback. You can email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Neighbor To Neighbor
This ministry is a part of the DNA of our church body. It has existed in different variations and scale throughout the years but the heart has always been the same. It started years and years ago with a partnership between Metro Life Church and the Casselberry Police Department. In its early days, the police department would connect the church with elderly Casselberry citizens who could use assistance with their front and back lawns. Metro Life would mobilize on a Saturday morning and be the hands and feet of Jesus.
Through the years Metro Life Church has been able to partner with several other Casselberry churches and has deepened its relationship with the city government. In 2019, these relationships allowed us to see our humble ministry take on a larger community role.
In partnership with the city's code violation department, Metro Life and 6 other local churches were able to go to homes that were in disarray. These homes were in violation with the city for various reasons. Whether it was the elderly, widows, disabled, sick or the simply hurting, the church went to them. After 3-4 hours of hard yard work, these homes were removed from the city's violation list and fines ceased.
It's clear to us that throughout the years God had been preparing us to take a leading role in our community. Because of this, Neighbor to Neighbor will continue to partner with local churches and the city to meet the real needs of our community.
But accomplishing a lot of yard work is not our primary goal. Each household represents families in need and we have something far more precious than service hours to offer. We aim to pray with, encourage, and share the gospel with the homes that we are serving. But to pull all of this off, we need you!
Watch our online calendar for other Local Mission opportunities in the days ahead!