Compassion Ministry: Expressing the Heart of God
Many churches are doing compassion ministry. Others are wondering how to what to do to start compassion ministry. But one thing is certain: compassion ministry expresses the heart of God. Psalms 146:7–9 reads: “He upholds the cause of the oppressed and gives food to the hungry. The Lord sets prisoners free, the Lord gives sight to the blind, the Lord lifts up those who are bowed down, the Lord loves the righteous. The Lord watches over the alien and sustains the fatherless and the widow, but he frustrates the ways of the wicked.”
God wants you and your church to minister to the needy in your community. This issue of Enrichment provides practical resources for starting and maintaining an effective compassion ministry. Learn from experienced compassion-ministry leaders such as Kent Anderson, JoAnn Butrin, Hal Donaldson, Steve Donaldson, Beth Grant, Bob Michaels, Samuel Rodriguez, Amy Sherman, Grant Standefer, Thomas Trask, and Scott Wilson.
Richard L. Schoonover
Amy L. Sherman
It is time to move from reactive, commodity-based benevolence to the kinds of relational, holistic strategies that can truly bless our neighbors.
Consider these practical ideas as you lead your church to be the merciful, compassionate presence of Christ among the poor, broken, suffering, hurting, marginalized, and oppressed of your community.
Here is a fourfold strategy to help build bridges between your church and community.
Rocky BArra, Wilfredo de Jesus, and John McHaffie
Many churches are doing compassion ministry. For those that are not, here is what you need to know to get started.
Steve Donaldson and Kent Anderson
Here are practical outreach ideas rural churches can implement to reach and serve their communities.
If your church wants to successfully reach immigrants, there are key principles you must follow.
What role does the church play in ministering to families in crisis?
Few messengers seem willing to take the eternal message of Christ’s love and peace to persons dying with HIV/AIDS. How will you respond?
A. Elizabeth Grant
Sex trafficking is no longer just a horrible issue in other nations and continents. This horror has come home to America.
EJ Online for 2012 - Winter
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- Emerging Engagement: The Growing Social Conscience of Pentecostalism
- Love, Forgiveness, and Powerful Acts of Service
- The Pastor and the Multicultural Church
- How Do You Heal the Wounds You Cannot See?
Thomas E. Trask
While we might not be able to travel to far away places to meet the needs of the poor, there is something we all can do — pray.
George Paul Wood
From the General Superintendent
George O. Wood with George Paul Wood
Compassion played a crucial role in the ministries of Christ and the New Testament church. Should it not play a crucial role in our ministries as well?
Song of the Angels (PDF)
MANAGING THE MAYHEM OF MINISTRY
MOVING LEADERS FORWARD
LEAD LONG … LEAD STRONG
Compassion Without Compromise: How a Leader Can Find That “Sweet Spot” When Everything Is on the Line
Dealing With Doubters
MINISTRY AND MEDICAL ETHICS
Christina M.H. Powell
Q&A for Ministry Wives
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