Our Covenant with Churches
Habitat for Humanity has its roots in the faith community, and our Covenant Congregation relationships are a fundamental part of our success. Community faith groups are essential partners in organizing the manpower and will power within our community, and focusing it towards a common goal.
Who We Are
Building on Faith
Habitat for Humanity is an ecumenical Christian ministry. Our belief is that all people should have a safe, decent place to live. Habitat for Humanity's work is driven by the desire to give tangible expression to God's love through the work of eliminating poverty housing. Habitat for Humanity partners with individuals of all faiths, or of no faith, to bring diverse groups of people together to join our mission to build and renovate simple, decent, affordable houses.
Faith in Action
Habitat's ministry is based on the conviction that to follow the teachings of Jesus Christ, we must love and care for one another. Our love must not be words only--it must be true love, which shows itself in action. Habitat provides an opportunity for people to put their faith and love into action.
The Theology of the Hammer
Habitat is a partnership founded on common ground--bridging theological differences by putting love and faith into action. Everyone can use a hammer as an instrument to manifest God's love. Millard Fuller, founder of Habitat for Humanity, said While we may disagree on many issues, we can agree on the idea of building homes with God's people in need. As we focus on working together to build a house, we realize that our similarities become more important than our differences.
A Volunteer Run Organization
Volunteers are integral to the mission of GMHFH. Volunteers serve on our board, perform the daily tasks to keep the organization running, participate in fundraising, and put in the muscle for construction.
Join the Church Relations Committee
Who makes a good Church Committee member? Anyone with a desire to work with faith groups in cooperation with God's people in need to create a better habitat in which to live and work.
Committee members will approach congregations about involving their churches in Habitat's work; will support church leaders with promotional materials; make presentations to churches; update the covenant church database; work together with congregations on fundraisers; and generally support the partnerships between churches and GMHFH.
Our Best Proponent?
So the Bible tells us, and so we follow:
In everything I did, I showed you that by this kind of hard work we must help the weak, remembering the words of the Lord Jesus him himself said: "It is more blessed to give than receive." -Acts 20:35
The Covenant Partnership
Pray for our mission that we may demonstrate the love and teachings of Jesus Christ through the building of simple, decent housing. Prayer reminds us, and informs newcomers that we are doing God's work.
We serve God by serving the needy, and GMHFH uses our Covenant Partner church members for a variety of positions--from swinging hammers to providing lunch on the jobs site, from raising funds to leading our committees.
We ask our Partner congregations to give as much or little as they are willing and able. Some chose one weekend a month to donate the collections, some throw pancake breakfast fundraisers, and some reach deep to partially sponsor a house. In addition to time and talent, GMHFH has many ways people can give their "treasure" to help build more homes for our neighbors. We're a 501(c)3 organization, and donations are tax deductible.