What sets your church apart as a caring Christian community?
Despite the popularity of an issue-oriented and programmatic approach to caring ministry, the Bible presents a model of care that is entirely different. Though often overlooked, throughout the Bible, there are passages and parables that specify in detail what care entails, and love requires.
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. 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 genuinely caring relationships.
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.
If we love, we care about people
While everybody cares, people naturally care as the world cares, not as Jesus commands. Think about it; if believers and church leaders naturally loved God and loved people, there would be no need for the Great Commandment. Why? Because, people don’t need to be commanded to do what comes naturally. WE CAN HELP.
We provide the framework and training churches need to:
- Establish or expand and repurpose their care ministry
- Embrace a biblically-based discipling model of care
- Equip church leaders, care teams and others to care well
- Enact a culture that is more relational and less programmatic
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.
There's care that's expected and that which is commanded
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.
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!
Caring is quite possibly the ultimate discipling opportunity
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!