Evangelism and Social Issues
Even though evangelism is our duty and privilege, social issues cannot be neglected. It would be careless to only take evangelistic Scriptures and base all our works upon them. The full Gospel of Christ also included taking care of those in need. Because of this, each individual and church must seek guidance from the Holy Spirit to get direction on how to allocate resources in caring for the spiritual and physical needs of the people they serve.
Isaiah 58; Matthew 28:19-20; James 1:27
There is much discussion between doing evangelism and planting churches versus feeding the hungry and caring for orphans. Both are mandated by Scriptures. Matthew 28:19-20; James 1:27.
This should never be a point of disagreement or argument. This should be an area that Churches spend time in prayer seeking the wisdom of God on how to meet the spiritual and physical needs in their community.
A careful survey of the community and the gifts and abilities of the church members coupled with prayer should give the church a vision on how to make a difference both physically and spiritually in their community. This should be followed by regular evaluations of both the availability of resources and the changing needs of the community.