Vital Role of the Church

Church and PeopleThe mission of ESA is to mobilize Christian churches to transform lives and communities in the name of Christ.

Why is it so vitally important to mobilize the church?

THERE IS NO GROUP LIKE THE CHURCH

The church is the only group Jesus built to do His work, and nothing can destroy it.  Jesus said, “…I will build my church, and the gates of hell will not overcome it.”  Matthew 16:18

THERE IS NO GROUP LIKE THE CHURCH

The church is the only group large enough to change our city.  There are 500 churches in Fresno and Clovis: that is 500 branch offices of the largest helping agency in the city.  If it were a business, it would be the largest, by far.  God owns the biggest business in town – it’s huge and it’s in every neighborhood of the city.

THERE IS NO GROUP LIKE THE CHURCH

No other group cares for people outside their group like the Christian church.  What other religions care for those outside their faith that are hurting, as much as Christians do?  Christians are unique in the way they care for others.  If the church won’t help, who will?

THERE IS NO GROUP LIKE THE CHURCH

No other group has the Gospel of Jesus Christ that can bring salvation and change lives for eternity.  That’s the only hope for our city and the people who live here.

THERE IS NO GROUP LIKE THE CHURCH

The church is filled with people who are called and gifted to serve.

THERE IS NO GROUP LIKE THE CHURCH

…but it must be mobilized to serve!

Our Central Valley is the poorest region in the U.S.   We have been called the Appalachia of the West.

In 2005, The Brookings Institute compared poverty rates in the 50 largest cities in the U.S.  (Fresno is the 36th largest).  They reported that Fresno had the highest concentrated poverty rates in its neighborhoods of all those cities.  Fresno had 22 extreme poverty neighborhoods with over 40% of each neighborhood living below the poverty level.

For more information on poverty in our area, see our newsletter (1st Quarter 2006).