The key to thriving as a local church in this season of uncertainty is sustaining communication. We must concentrate on staying in touch with our people. Although some churches have opened their facilities and invited their congregants to return, most of those churches report that the response has been minimal. People find themselves in trepidation and, as a result, are nervous to return to larger gatherings of any kind.

 

This trend could spawn another crisis if pastors and leaders let go of the rope now. Since there are seemingly countless online options available, it is incredibly easy for church members to drift off and attach somewhere else. Read full article here.

Pastoral Care is more needed today than ever before. We live in a world filled with people who are becoming more and more reclusive in their behavior and as a result have created a very impersonal environment. The church has not been spared from this cultural challenge. People often feel lonely and neglected even within their own church and often ask the question, “I wonder if my pastor even knows that I am here this morning? I wonder if anyone knows that I am here today? Does anyone care? I wonder, if I had to leave the church, how long will it take for them to notice I had left? If ever?

 

People are not looking

for a friendly church;

it's friends they are after.

 

The Care Revolution book

by Dr. John W. Bosman

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People have a need to belong and want to know they are accepted. Everyone needs someone who cares at some point in time.

 

Our need is to develop a system whereby every member in the congregation would receive the care they deserve. This should occur on a regular basis – in the good times as well as the bad times.

 

Fact is that the pastor cannot do it alone and should not. It is not only impossible; it is completely unscriptural. There are many people in every congregation who have the gift of mercy who are more than willing to partner with their pastor to help care for others in the church. The reason why church members are not involved in caring for each other is because they have never been asked, and secondly, have not been trained. Care Ministry Network International has the solution.

 

“. . . the members should have the same care for one another.” 1 Corinthians 12:25 (NKJV)

Most churches do not

actually provide

pastoral care;

for the most part

they only provide

crisis care.

Crisis Care is what we do when a crisis emerges, such as death, serious illness, marriage problems, financial crisis, etc. When that occurs, help is readily available, but what about the other 95% of people? Should everyone not receive attention, with or without a crisis?

 

CMNi focuses on developing a partnership between pastors and church members to establish a network of congregational care that ensures that all of the church members receive equal care.

We provide extensive training materials and supplemental resources to make training easy and systematic.

 

And if one member suffers,

all the members suffer with it;

or if one member is honored,

all the members rejoice with it.

1 Corinthians 12:26 (NKJV)

 

A healthy church, where needs are met, and hurts are healed, is the only way a church can be healthy and thereby able to reach out to a hurting world.

 

If you don’t have

a healthy in-reach,

your church will never have

an effective outreach.

 

The premise of the Care Revolution is based on the persuasion that:

  1. The pastor cannot care for all the people alone, and should not,
  2. The traditional model of providing pastoral care is antiquated and no longer works,
  3. Ministry is not intended only for a select few and this faulty practice needs to be transformed,
  4. Every believer is a minister and deserves to be equipped for works of service.
  5. Caring for God’s people should be part of a church’s discipling process, and
  6. Pastors are the ones responsible for the equipping and developing of believers.

 

Churches all across America, and other countries of the world, are implementing this concept with incredible results.

 

See “What Others are Saying

 

 

 

 

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