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Why should you reach out beyond your own congregation?

Most places of worship make community outreach part of the life of the congregation. We asked people why they felt it was important to reach out to and provide services for those outside the congregation. Why was that a part of the religious life of their place of worship?

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Watch the video summary of comments we received on this topic, or browse the individual video clips below.

Pastor Clarence Williams : Greater Mt. Zion AME - St. Petersburg, FL
Pastor Clarence Williams

"The ministry of the church is never to be confined within the walls of the church."
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Rev. Kathleen Chesson : First Christian Church - Falls Church, VA
Rev. Kathleen Chesson

"This church is challenged deeply with how to move into this new community."
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Holly Riester : First Christian Church - Falls Church, VA
Holly Riester

"Spread the word more ... we're here."
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Cherise Mendoza : Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints - Bellevue, WA
Cherise Mendoza

"There's a lot of need out there."
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Konrad Ryushin Marchaj : Zen Mountain Monastery - Mt. Tremper, NY
Konrad Ryushin Marchaj

"Service is one of the monastic vows."
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