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Care Ministry Forum & Training Series - YOU'RE INVITED

Researchers have found that 500 of the most frequently used words in the English language have more than 14,000 definitions (Romas & Sharma, 2009). No doubt, the words ‘love’ and ‘care’ are at the top of the list. Part of the challenge is these words have been so broadly used that for many people, they have become pointless. The Bible, however, has much to say about loving and caring about people.

It's easy to get so caught up in the activity of caring that you overlook the intent of loving and caring about people as detailed in the scripture. Jesus' command to love one another demands more than being charitable, performing random acts of kindness, supporting humanitarian efforts. - Charles Puchta

Care may be one of the most misunderstood aspects of ministry. During the four-week series, we will delve into the Scriptures, discuss what the Bible teaches about loving and caring about people, and distinguish between secular and soul care.

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Who should attend:

  • Pastors, chaplains, and church leaders
  • Christians involved or interested in caring ministry
  • Christians passionate about discipling and encouraging others
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Church, we were made for times like these!

When the rubber meets the road, people naturally question their beliefs and either draw near to God or push Him farther away. It's in the midst of life's storms and trials that people are often most open and eager to experience the love of Christ and clamor for deeper faith. Difficult life circumstances and challenges are often what: 

  • Reveals the extent of people's faith and what they believe
  • Makes the need for Jesus more real than ever before
  • Sparks and activates people's faith
  • Helps people realize their need for Christian fellowship 

The schedule:

  • Week 1 (2/5/19) - Review of the various expression of care and linkage to the Gospel 
  • Week 2 (2/12/19) - Explore Bible stories to reveal the intent of caring and Jesus' command
  • Week 3 (2/19/19) - Discuss common barriers to caring and consider what Jesus teaches and models
  • Week 4 (2/26/19) - Consider the impediments and importance of exercising the spiritual disciplines 

The particulars:

We will be meeting at the Countryside YMCA in Lebanon, Ohio. The Forum and Training series will be held in the Stolle Center on Tuesdays in February (2019), from 6:30-8:00 PM.

The cost of $40 for YMCA members and $60 for non-members includes various reference materials. Register online at https://countrysideymca.org/registration.  (Program code - 05241-2)

A discount of $10/per person applies to church groups of 4 or more people. For group registration, please call 513-818-9921.

The facilitators:

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Charles Puchta is the founder and president of Care Ministry. He wrote the Faith Fundamentals training curriculum and many other resources to help local churches care for people in ways that closely align with Scripture and Jesus' teachings. He has a heart for discipling and seeing people come alive and experience the fullness of life and love that comes from Christ alone.

Jim Ludwick has served in ministry (youth, Christian education, senior pastor, and hospice, hospital and nursing home chaplaincy) for over 40 years. In his retirement, he is active at the Countryside Y as a chaplain and was recognized as the Y’s volunteer of the year in 2016. Recently, Jim has led classes on care ministry at Antioch church, which meets at the Countryside Y.

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