Is it enough for Christians to simply care as the world cares?
Though often overlooked, throughout the Bible, there are passages and parables which specify what care entails and love requires.
Knowing that anyone can be a friend a lend a helping hand, as the Church – the body of Christ, we must ask ourselves are we simply caring as the world cares, or are we expressing care in ways that impact lives for Christ?
Despite good intentions, when interacting with people who are experiencing difficult circumstances, challenges, and conflict, Christians regularly do and say things that come across as uncaring. We can help!
We provide the biblically-based training and resources churches need to equip ministry leaders, care team members, and others to express care in ways that align with Scripture and make a meaningful and lasting difference.
TESTIMONIAL: For years we assumed we were doing a good job of loving and caring for people. You have opened our eyes and exposed us to a whole new world. Your training guides and tools for ministry leaders are excellent! Realizing the biblical-basis and core principles of caring changes everything.
Christian care is neither instinctive nor intuitive
While Christians are certainly expected to be friendly and kind, if we love as Jesus loved, expressions of care that are primarily secular and task-oriented are not enough.
Care Ministry is devoted to helping churches:
- Embrace a biblically-based discipling model of care
- Establish and/or expand a caring ministry
- Equip care teams and others with biblical training
- Empower people to show compassion and share hope
- Eliminate the awkwardness that is inherent to caring
- Enact a culture that is more relational and less programmatic
TESTIMONIAL: Having personally suffered a significant loss, I could write a book on all things people do and say that are more hurtful than helpful! Caring is about loving one another, not simply following lists of things "to do" and what not to say. Whether a pastor, church leader, or member of a congregation, EVERY Christian really needs to know and understand the biblical teachings and embrace the core biblical principles included in your Faith Fundamentals training series!
What sets your church apart as a caring Christian community?
If you'd like to equip and empower people within your congregation to love and care about people in ways that align with Jesus' teachings, we can help. Our training focuses on the BOOST and LOVE dimensions.
To distinguish between acts of KINDNESS and expressions of LOVE, you might think of the triangle like an iceberg. The metaphor is to suggest that what’s visible above the water line, is not per se representative of what’s going on below the surface. Therefore, when we see only that which is apparent and others freely disclose, seldom does the concern and compassion we convey take into account deeper concerns or reflect the love of Jesus.
For many churches, care is best represented by the Boost and Mend triangles.
- BOOST reflects a programmatic approach to identify and respond to care and prayer requests.
- MEND reflects short-term restorative and crisis care provided by pastors, counselors, and Stephen Ministers.