The Port Orange Christian Church
Shepherd’s Hope Care Ministry
What is a Care Ministry?
That is a very good question. Shepherd’s Hope is an umbrella title under which the church can reach out to its members, specifically, and the community as a whole, generally. We, as a church, are enjoined to care for each other, and our community, for, Deuteronomy 15:11 includes this , “therefore I command you, saying, ‘You shall freely open your hand to your brother, to your needy and poor in your land.’” Or, look at Matthew 25:35-36, “‘ For I was hungry, and you gave Me something to eat; I was thirsty, and you gave Me drink; I was a stranger, and you invited Me in; naked, and you clothed Me; I was sick, and you visited Me; I was in prison, and you came to Me.’” This is the essence of a Care Ministry!
Why do we need as Shepherd’s Hope?
Some aspects of caring we, as a church, have been doing for some time now. The reason for having a dedicated organizational structure is to allow the church to respond to emergencies. It will allow people to know who to contact in a time of need. It will formalize the structure of teams so that when a need arises ministry leaders, who know their teams and their capabilities, can jump into action immediately. Or, as Exodus 18:25 says about creating structure, “And Moses chose able men out of all Israel, and made them heads over the people, leaders of thousands, of hundreds, of fifties and of tens.” Or, Ephesians 4:16, says “the whole body, being fitted and held together by that which every joint supplies, according to the proper working of each individual part, causes the growth of the body for the building up of itself in love.”
What does or will the Shepherd’s Hope include?
As created the Shepherd’s Hope will have three major areas of care concern, each with its own own ministries. These four main groups will be:
- Shepherd’s Hope Counseling Ministry
- Shepherd’s Hope Food Ministries
- Shepherd’s Hope Service Ministries
The Shepherd’s Hope Ministry will include several existing ministries and training for others. Our Shepherd’s Hope counseling Ministry will be the mainstay of this ministry. Secondly, we will be expanding our visitation ministry which cares for members hospitalized, in nursing homes, or home bound.
Additionally, the first of the new Shepherd’s Hope Ministries will be our Friend Ministry, where concerned church members are given some basic training in how to deal with friends or family members who are undergoing a stressful period in their life. The second is our Teen Mentoring Ministry, where we give some specific training to help members be friends and confidants to teens struggling with problems specific to their age group.
Our Homeless Ministry is comprised of the following: Palmetto House; Bridge of Hope; Peanut Butter and Jelly, and; Cold Weather Shelter. These already exist and the Care Ministry will aid in maintaining their structure and vitality as ongoing ministries.
It is proposed that we, as a Church, form a group that can explore serving the Port Orange undocumented alien community, much as we do the homeless. For, as Leviticus 19:34 states “‘The stranger who resides with you shall be to you as the native among you, and you shall love him as yourself.’”
The Shepherd’s Hope Service Ministries are or will be comprised of the following:
- Condolence/Card Ministry
- Newborn Ministry
- People To People
- A Food Bank
- A Clothing Bank
Find Out More About Each Ministry
Click on each ministries link to see its page for further information about it.
How do I make a difference?
This is a ministry in which everyone, no matter the level of their abilities can find a place in which to serve the church and their community. For information contact Pastor Craig at firstname.lastname@example.org or text or call him at 863-393-8334.