Dino Rizzo, Founder of Servolution, Celebrates Recent Examples of Church OutreachBy David Thompson, UniversityHerald Reporter
Outreach is a significant part of what churches do. Dino Rizzo, the founder of Servolution and a 35-year ministry veteran, has always emphasized the importance of serving, no matter the time of year.
Some believe that the only way to truly serve is to do something big—whether it be raise a lot of money or lead a huge project. Yet, one simple act of kindness can change someone's life forever.
Recently, churches all around the country participated in outreach efforts to help their local community. Here are some examples.
Hope Front Church
Hope Front Church recently celebrated its 25th anniversary, and Pastor Dino attended and spoke at the event. The church has always made serving a priority, so much so that it dedicates one day each month to outreach.
Called Serve Saturday, Hope Front Church says the event is more than just volunteering. It's about building relationships and working toward a common goal of spreading the word of Jesus.
On a recent Serve Saturday, Hope Front Church made a significant impact by helping to feed refugee families and other members of the community and repairing homes for those who need them.
Christ Tabernacle Church
Christ Tabernacle Church in Hamilton, Ohio, recently held its fall Serve Day. Partnering with their city and a local community organization, the church helped to clean yards for ten senior citizens.
As Pastor Dino explains, this is a perfect example of doing little acts of kindness to help impact someone's life. Something as simple as raking someone's leaves can help encourage them in a big way as the weather starts to change.
As people roll back the clocks and it gets darker earlier, people can be susceptible to feelings of sadness and depression. Acts like this from Christ Tabernacle Church help to remind people that there are others there for them who can lift them up and show them the light.
Serving others is especially important entering the holiday season, as not everyone is as fortunate as us all.
Dino Rizzo also highlights the recent outreach by Bethany Church in Louisiana. The church held a Love LA 2023 event, where the goal was to spread the love of Jesus all across the state.
Members of the church went out with several different outreach projects. These included sprucing up schools, nursing homes, and parks, bringing joy to the elderly and first responders, hosting neighborhood block parties, and even supplying food to people at homeless camps.
Bethany Church also arranged to create baskets for single moms, picked up litter throughout the community, painted curbs, and held a free yard sale.
The secret ingredient that was woven through each and every one of these acts of kindness, of course, was prayer. Bethany Church believes in serving their communities together and displaying what it looks like to be the hands and feet of Jesus.
About Dino Rizzo
Dino Rizzo, a 35-year ministry veteran, co-founded Healing Place Church with his wife, DeLynn, where he served as senior pastor for two decades. Through his passion for inspiring believers to serve their communities, Dino Rizzo founded Servolution and authored "Serve Your City." As Executive Director of ARC (Association of Related Churches), Rizzo oversees the planting of over 1,000 churches worldwide and is on the Senior Leadership Team at Church of the Highlands.