RK Castillo is pastor of a new Church In Waikiki called New Life City. He had an idea one day when thinking about the Proverbs 31 wife. If the church really is the bride of Christ, then everything it says in Proverbs 31 about the virtuous woman the church should be doing.
For too long the church has just been a building that people go to on Sunday morning and not a force for community transformation. This will change if the church takes up the Proverbs 31 initiative.
Lets look at a couple principles of a Proverbs 31 church.
“She considers a field and buys it; out of her earnings she plants a vineyard.”
The Virtuous Woman had an eye and an ear open for business opportunities. So one day she hears about a field that is for sale and after careful consideration she buys it. Then here’s the interesting thing, she actually had a savings account where put aside some of her earnings to specifically invest in business opportunities.
What would happen if instead of churches depending on donations from people they built businesses that continued to provide money for ministries? A Proverbs 31 Church does this. A portion of the church income is set aside to specifically be used to invest in business opportunities that bless and serve the community they’re in.
“She opens her arms to the poor and extends her hands to the needy.”
The Virtuous Woman was about building business and making sure her businesses were profitable but she was also very much about the poor. It says she opens her arms to the poor which tells me there is an intimate connection between her and the poor. She is close enough to them to give them a hug!
A Proverbs 31 Church has an extreme obsession with caring for the poor and the needy.
Pastor RK has taken this to heart and takes no salary from the donations given to the church. 100% of the money given to the Church in Waikiki goes to serving the poor and giving a hand to the needy.
There are many more principles in Proverbs 31 that we can implement as a church to bring community transformation. Go and check it out yourself and see what you think.