Loving thy neighbor is intrinsic to the teachings of Jesus Christ. It’s why, as a devout Christian, David E. Taylor, pastor and spiritual leader of Joshua Media Ministries International (JMMI), staunchly believes faith communities are inextricably intertwined with the larger communities of which they are a part. It’s also the reason Pastor Taylor has made community outreach a cornerstone of his evangelical agenda.
Pursuant to the tenets set forth in Acts 20:35, “I have shown you in every way, by laboring like this, that you must support the weak. And remember the words of the Lord Jesus, that He said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive,’” Pastor Taylor explains that the true measure of someone’s faith is how well they understand the concept that when they’re serving those in need, they’re serving the Lord.
The Historical Role of Community Service and the Church
Churches taking an active role in community service is a long-standing tradition that harks back to the earliest days of Christianity. There are countless historic examples detailing the ways in which local churches and their parishioners helped stricken brethren suffering through times of adversity by supplying them with food, shelter, clothing, and spiritual support.
“The apostolic church considered ‘remembering the poor’ to be among its most basic moral imperatives … Christians continued to take care of human needs over the succeeding centuries,” wrote theological historian Dr. Glenn Sunshine in his June 2012 article “The Church and the Poor: Historical Perspectives.”
The Modern Church/Community Service Connection
No one knows better than David Taylor, pastor, that serving the needs of marginalized and at-risk populations continues to be a challenge in modern times. While there are government programs in the U.S. that address some of these concerns, many such initiatives are limited in scope and too often lack adequate funding to provide even the basic necessities for the people who need them most.
When secular resources are exhausted, churches are often the first to step in to fill the gap. Pastor Taylor explains that church-sponsored community outreach can take many forms. However, whether it’s a food drive, a community cleanup day, providing medical screenings, senior facility visits, or a music/arts/educational program, when performed in the name of the Lord, every opportunity to serve others enriches the lives of both those who give and those who receive.
Pastor Taylor routinely reminds his flock that uplifting the underserved is just one facet of God’s larger plan to help those in need. Anyone — rich, poor, or in between — can lose everything in the blink of an eye, so it follows that when natural disaster strikes, Christian volunteers often form the front lines of community relief efforts. (JMMI’s Convoy of Miracles was on the scene offering vital aid for the victims of Hurricane Ian and survivors of the deadly tornadoes that devastated Kentucky in 2021.)
Pastor David E. Taylor Takes Up the Community Challenge
In his capacity as a preacher, Pastor David E. Taylor leads prayer services for a worldwide flock. During his sermons, Taylor’s face-to-face, one-on-one connection with Jesus works as a powerful conduit connecting the Holy Spirit to the corporeal world. Through his visionary exchanges, David Taylor, pastor and spiritual leader, has come to know that more than a duty, serving those in need is a true expression of God’s love on Earth.
As the head of JMMI, Pastor Taylor views strong leadership as the key to ensuring the members of his congregation have the most profound impact in their own communities. To that end, Taylor routinely encourages his followers to participate in neighborhood initiatives as a demonstration of faith and their commitment to living a life in Christ.
According to David Taylor, pastor, humanitarian, and visionary, investing in the welfare of one’s community as directed by Christ and His apostles is a sacred privilege. However, while the Word of God is unequivocal, David E. Taylor knows that for humans, sometimes actions speak louder than words. Good works and good deeds, he posits, are a language everyone understands.
For as it says in 1 Corinthians 12:4-6: “There are different kinds of gifts, but the same Spirit distributes them. There are different kinds of service, but the same Lord. There are different kinds of working, but in all of them and in everyone, it is the same God at work.”
“There are diversities of gifts, but the same Spirit. There are differences of ministries, but the same Lord. And there are diversities of activities, but it is the same God who works all in all.”