I recently heard from Nelson Eagle, the Senior Consulting Manager at Christian Childcare Ministries. He wrote to me about a childcare center they recently helped open.
A little background first though…
BGW partners with Christian Childcare Ministries to help churches open childcare centers across the country. While most churches have a childcare area they use on Sundays, it sits empty the rest of the week. Through Christian Childcare Ministries and BGW, churches are able to have an excellent childcare program that brings in community members every weekday, resulting in a community relationship that is up to 5x higher than before.
It is an incredible opportunity to be present in the lives of community families, meet a community need, and impact kids for God. This is one way you can be more embedded in your community.
But back to last week…
I received an email from Nelson that the brand new center they opened last August for a Baptist church in Denver is already profitable! They have passed an enrollment of 100 kids – that’s 100 families that this church has a closer relationship with than it ever could have before. It also means $20,000 in positive cash flow…per month(!) for the church.
This is a great example of what can be done through a sustainable ministry model. It is all about looking at what the community needs and how the church can be a part of it.
I hope it inspires you to consider how your church is embedded in the surrounding community. Is it known for being a ghost town every day but Sunday, or is it a community fixture? Are you treating the kids in your surrounding neighborhood like children of God? Are we impacting teh next generation and the millennial parents that drop them off and pick them up!