If you have ever had the privilige of visiting churches in oppressed regions of the world, you often will find several common themes among them. One major theme is that the church does not exist soley for itself but is committed to worshiping God and being the body of Christ to the community, no matter what the cost. They live simple live that are not bound to materialism. They integrate both evangelism and social action and don’t think of those as separate ministries. They offer help when someone is in need, such as paying a neighbor’s electric bill or providing care for each other’s children. They are not concerned about other nations knowing about Jesus Christ. They seem to meet together all the time to pray. They love to sing to God and give thanks for who He is and all that He has done. They don’t really care what time they get out of church and hardly glance at their watches during the sermon. They give more than 25 to 35 percent of their income away to the church and the poor. They care for the orphans and widows in their own communities…..Surely this is the only model for the church that Jesus would have us all follow….
(from Dangerous Faith)