About Care Ministry
Care Ministry exists to glorify and honor God by resourcing local churches and emboldening leaders to engage and equip their congregants to love and care for people in ways that align with Scripture and the mission of the church.
“But God has so composed the body, giving greater honor to the part that lacked it, that there may be no division in the body, but that the members may have the same care for one another. If one member suffers, all suffer together; if one member is honored, all rejoice together. Now you are the body of Christ and individually members of it.” (1 Corinthians 12:24b-27, ESV – italics added)
“We who are strong must be considerate of those who are sensitive about things like this. We must not just please ourselves. We should help others do what is right and build them up in the Lord.” (Romans 15:1-2, NLT)
“For the whole law is summed up in a single commandment, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.”” (Galatians 5:14, NRSV)
"Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. No one has ever seen God; but if we love one another, God lives in us and his love is made complete in us." (1 John 4:11-12, NIV)
Our Values and Views
Members of our Board of Advisors are affiliated with several churches and denominations. Though individually we may associate with and adhere to doctrines that differ, we believe that what unites us is far stronger that what divides us. At Care Ministry, we believe:
- The Bible, consisting of the Old and New Testament, is the inspired and inerrant Word of God and is the Divine and final authority for all Christian faith and life.
- There is one true and living God who is infinitely perfect and eternally exists as three persons: the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
- God the Father is the creator and sustainer of all things, and that He created man in His own image for fellowship and worship.
- Jesus Christ is the Son of God, the living Word, fully human and fully divine. Being born of the Virgin Mary, He died on the cross as a sacrifice for our sins, was raised from the dead in victory over death and sin, and ascended into heaven. He will come again to judge the living and the dead.
- The Holy Spirit dwells in all believers and has the power to convict, guide, instruct, and enable all people to conform to the image and character of Christ.
- That biblical commandments, principles, and teachings are relevant, meaningful, and for the good of all people.
- That abundant and eternal life is found in knowing the only true God, through Jesus Christ, whom the Father sent.
- The church is the fellowship of all believers in Jesus Christ, commissioned by Jesus to make, grow, and equip disciples for ministry and service.
- That caring ministry may be the ultimate discipling opportunity as it is frequently when facing trials and troubles that people truly realize their need for Jesus and one another.
We also believe:
- That loving and caring for one another are fundamental yet often overlooked or misunderstood expressions of the Christian faith.
- As God’s beloved, we are called to be imitators of Jesus and walk in love.
- Caring in ways that align with Scripture reveals our love for God and sets us apart as Jesus' disciples.
- Central to care are enjoying Jesus, praying, sharing God’s Word, and giving thanks in all circumstances.
Philippians 4:4-20 is our guiding Scripture. These verses remind us:
- That our hope is in the Lord
- To be steadfast in our faith
- To be devoted to prayer
- That God is trustworthy
- To serve God and others
- The importance of community
- That churches respond differently
- To be deliberate about engaging others
- To practice Christian virtues
- To encourage and learn from one another
Care Partner Churches
We are privileged to partner with churches across the U.S. and Canada including Associated Gospel, Baptist, C&MA, Church of Christ, Church of God, Congregational, Evangelical Free, Lutheran, Nazarene, Non-Denominational, Presbyterian, Reformed, United Methodist, Wesleyan, and more.
Founder & President
Charles Puchta (pronounced Puck-ta) is the founder and president of Discipleship Care, Inc. (d.b.a. Care Ministry), a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Puchta is an award-winning author, authority, and speaker on the subjects of aging, caregiving, and faith-based care. He has devoted his life to equipping, empowering, and encouraging churches and Christians to care in ways that advocate discipling and the advancement of core biblical principles. Being masters prepared in both business and health education, and as a devoted follower of Jesus, he brings a unique combination of passion, perspective, and process that helps churches to harness opportunities to love and to disciple people (Matthew 22:39, 28:20).
Puchta specializes in developing educational resources and designing interventions to help people address the many practical and spiritual issues that arise as a result of difficult life circumstances (e.g., health-related, life-stage challenges, general struggles). Puchta's distinctive gift is his ability to take complex subject matter, distill it, and communicate it in a way that makes sense to the audience. He has a proven track record that is summed up nicely in the following testimonial: "You have masterfully presented practical, biblical, and actionable information about a very complex subject."
Puchta's journey into care ministry began in the mid-90's as a caregiver for his parents. His father died from pneumonia at the age of 79 in March of 1997 and had struggled with Leukemia for years. His mother died in November of 2001 at the age of 70. She had a number of health complications including dementia and rheumatoid arthritis.
On Monday, September 10, 2001, Puchta left his corporate job to pursue his passion for helping others. Later that year he launched what is now known as Care Ministry. He is also the former director of the Center for Aging with Dignity at the University of Cincinnati College of Nursing (2005-2014). The Center has been devoted to keeping people "SAFE After 60" by advocating for, advancing and developing best-practices programs on the safety and mistreatment of older adults.
In 2014, Puchta answered a higher calling to pursue caring ministry full-time. After months of development, the resources offered as part of our Care Partner program were introduced. Then, everything changed on April 2, 2016. Puchta began that day reading the entire book of Job. That evening, he was seriously injured, and within days underwent surgery. Over the next two to three months, he was immobile and had the chance to experience being a recipient of care. Despite people's good intentions, almost everyone focused on his injured leg. They asked questions to satisfied their curiosity (e.g., "What happened?"), they shared their injury stories, and wished him "good luck." The words of Job resonated, "Miserable comforters, all of you" (v16.2).
Storms are growth opportunities and Puchta's situation was a tremendous time of learning. His question "Why God?" was clearly answered. As a result of his personal experience and availing himself to God, he believes that God showed him the way - His way. Contrary to popular opinion, care isn't about programs, it's about people. It became quite apparent that everything Christians need to know about caring is presented in the Bible. There are stories and parables that demonstrate the challenges and communicate the core biblical principles. During the summer of 2016, he made major changes to the existing resources and introduced a new series on the fundamentals of Christian caring. (See AHA Moments video)
"Charles is a dynamic and compelling speaking. He exudes passion, provokes thought, and challenges his audience to apply what they learn. The participant feedback we receive is always excellent."