Jesus commands us to love. To help distinguish between acts of kindness and expressions of love, you might think of our ministry framework (See Triangle) like an iceberg. The iceberg metaphor is to suggest that what’s visible above the waterline, 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. To learn more, get your FREE copy of our Caring Fundamentals eBook (14 pages).
If we love, we care. The two are inseparable.
Care Ministry is devoted to equipping and emboldening people within local churches to love and care about others in ways that closely align with Scripture and the mission of the Church. We provide the ministry framework and biblical training materials churches need to:
- Establish or expand and repurpose their care ministry
- Eliminate the awkwardness that is inherent to caring
- Equip church leaders, care teams and others to care well
- Embrace a biblically-based discipling model of care
- Enact a culture that is more relational and less programmatic
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.
Caring is quite possibly the ultimate discipling opportunity
Though most Christians genuinely want to love and care about others, people regularly do and say things that come across as uncaring and are inconsistent with Jesus' teachings.** Despite good intentions, without fundamental biblical training, Christians naturally default to caring as the world cares.
We can help! Throughout the Bible, there are passages and parables that specify in detail what care entails, and love requires. Our acclaimed training materials delve into the Scriptures, unpack the stories, and underscore core biblical principles that are foundational to the Christian faith and all caring relationships.
** We don't need to be taught and told to do what comes naturally. If loving people was instinctive, there would be no need for Jesus' command to love (or for our training).
TESTIMONIAL: Your training guides are so practical, so biblical, and so understandable. We love the way the material is organized, the strong biblical approach, and the continual emphasis on discipleship.
Caring is more than kindness
TESTIMONIAL: “While I always thought I was a caring person, I now realize that I have been doing more to satisfy my own curiosity than to show compassion to others. I was deceived into thinking that being friendly was caring. It’s not – it’s superficial and inconsiderate. You have helped us grasp core Biblical principles and caring concepts. We are grateful for your support, and your training is amazing!
What sets your church apart as a caring Christian community?
When a church subscribes, we provide access to our training materials in a digital format (e.g., pdf files, links to videos). Sharing our resources in an electronic format provides you immediate access to the material, and eliminates shipping costs and the need to order and inventory materials.
In regards to implementing the training at your church, we advocate a best-practice approach to adult learning known as the 'flipped classroom' which foregoes lecture and fosters interaction. It is where, before participating in a class, people read an assigned training guide and are exposed to the material and concepts. That way, class time can be devoted to assimilating knowledge through discussion, elaboration, and experiential learning.