The word compels a new generation to move forward, to take action, to embrace something or someone beyond ourselves. In the Engage Mission Center, you can get direction for engaging culture, engaging human needs, and engaging God at work in the world. Here you can connect with vital causes worth caring about. Connect with others who embody the The Message of love by "doing for the least of these." Team up with those who share your passion. Maybe it's children, or water, or justice for all people. Watch their faces. Read their stories. Join their mission.
Last week we learned that only 1.9% of churches’ outreach ministries focus on helping those in need find and keep meaningful work. The majority focuses on providing food, clothing, and shelter. Relief activities are extremely helpful, especially in times of crisis and great need. Churches have even used food, clothing, and shelter as ministry tools to share the gospel. But, relief efforts are rarely enough to lift people out of generational poverty. Although they have met immediate needs, if left unchecked these efforts encourage dependency and diminish the dignity of men and women. Relief efforts often harm more than they help.
According to Maimonides’ Eight Levels of Charity, the greatest level of charity is to support someone by “… giving a gift or loan, or entering into a partnership with him, or finding employment for him, in order to strengthen his hand until he need no longer be dependent upon others ...” A job does this. If a man or a woman has a job, he or she is empowered to provide for himself/herself. What if a prostitute, an ex-offender, a welfare mom all had meaningful work? It would change everything.
One the most challenging aspects of running a ministry is utilizing high-capacity volunteers effectively. We have heard stories of the corporate CEO who volunteers only to be stuck stuffing envelopes. That is a terrible and discouraging use of time and talent. How do we place motivated volunteers in the right place, doing the right things, so they are inspired by their service and involvement with our ministry?
Here are four steps I use:
Why is foster care important? What is the Church’s role? What are the common misconceptions about foster children and how to parent them? We sat down with our experts and picked their brains about the state of foster care today. You might be surprised and encouraged by what they have to say.
Before we dive in, meet our panel of foster care experts:
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