For the poor always ye have with you; but me ye have not always. John 12:8
The Church can seek to meet human need and it should be a vital, caring community as it was in New Testament times. But the purpose of the Church does not rest in meeting physical, social, or material needs. Its priority is spreading the Gospel. The Church should minister to other needs, but should combine such efforts with a powerful presentation of the Gospel message.
A good example is found in Romans 9 and 10. Apostle Paul was aware of the economic needs of the Jewish nation. He also was aware of the political tyranny of Rome over the people, yet it is clear that his major concern for the people was spiritual. His concern for Israel was that they should be saved.
Brethren, my heart's desire and prayer to God for Israel is that they may be saved. Romans 10:1
Remember, getting 'in church' or 'joining' a church should be viewed as coming into the body of Christ - working in unity and harmony with other members of the body of Christ for the sole purpose of reaching out to others who are lost, not becoming isolated within. Keep the social programs that meet the needs of those less fortunate but don't ever forget your primary purpse! Tear down the wall and be like Jesus in helping others to be saved. This is done by going out and bringing others in.