Archive for ‘Care’

April 29, 2010

Thoughts for Sunday Care Team for 5.2.10

July 17, 2008

Is Masturbation sin or not?

Perry preached a bold and clear message this past Sunday on Sexual Sin. The care staff has had the privilege this week of talking to and trying to help several people that are dealing with the bondage that comes from being trapped in sexual sin. It is always so powerful to hear stories about how God has been setting people free from the slavery they are in.

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May 14, 2008

I’m Back…Vacation, Care Staff Changes, and more

It has been a few weeks since I have posted anything.  Here is what has been going on with me since then:

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January 31, 2008

Are you coming to Unleash?

Our Unleash Conference is right around the corner. This was such a powerful event last year, and I am really looking forward to connecting with the church leaders and care pastors that will be there this year.

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October 31, 2007

Frustration, The internet, and Valuing People

Yesterday was a frustrating day. I was trying to work from home yesterday morning because my wife was sick. Suzanne is a stay at home mom…and works way harder than anyone else I know every day. But when she is out of commission, I do my best to step up and fill in for her so she can rest. So I took care of my kids and got them breakfast got them involved doing something constructive, and got ready to start working from home…and then, the worst thing that can happen, did happen…my internet went out!

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September 13, 2007

We all need encouragment

I love care ministry.  The care staff at NewSpring gets to hear and experience how Jesus changes lives every single week.  We have an unbelievable privilege of encouraging people, helping people with their life struggles, and the awesome opportunity to point others to Jesus.  But often, we deal with some heavy situations as well.  Sometimes the ministry gets overwhelming, and there are days where you wonder if what you are doing is helping people in a real way.  I know that God is always completely aware of when we need encouragment and sends it at just the right time.

Several weeks ago, I was having one of those weeks, and I received a letter in the mail that did more than make my day…it made my year.  As I read it, I wept and thanked God for His perfect timing and encouragment.  I have kept it on my desk everyday since then to always remind me of the awesome privilege God has given our care staff to encourage and speak truth to others; and that even when we are not aware of it, God is changing people and drawing them to Himself.

Here is the letter I received…

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August 14, 2007

Email Follow-up

I have had several churches ask me recently about how we handle questions we get through email each week. The main question we get asked is about how we choose to respond or not respond to each email we receive.

We try to respond to all genuine questions we receive in 24 to 48 hours. We usually do not answer attacking emails from people that do not attend our church or from people that have their minds made up and are trying to pick a fight. We will answer a question if it is genuine, even if it is somewhat critical. We will always answer an email if they come from someone that attends our church or has genuine concern. Many times the reason an email can be critical is because the person had a misconception about something that was done or said, and clarifying the truth to them in a loving way will solve the misconception. Occasionally the most proper response to anonymous, antagonistic emails is no response at all.

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August 10, 2007

How to be successful in ministering to others

Today the care staff had a planning retreat to evaluate what we are doing well, what we can do to improve, and what our goals are going to be for the rest of 2007. It was a good meeting, and we had a great time growing stronger as a team. My favorite part of the meeting today was the time we spent talking about what God has been teaching us. The most amazing thing to me is how God has been teaching all of us similar things. I am so excited to see the way that God is going to move in our church as a whole and specifically in the care area in the next 6 months.

During the conversation about what God has been teaching us, we talked for a while about what God has been teaching us about what it takes to successful in ministering to others. Here is what God is challenging us on.

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August 1, 2007

Why Do We Care?

I love the care staff at this church. I have never been around a group of people that are this crazy! We have a ridiculous amount of fun everyday. Even though we joke and pick at each other a lot, the care department works even harder everyday to minister to the people in our church. Why do we devote so much attention to care? Because God’s word tells us to care for and reach out to those that are hurting around us. Several weeks ago God took me to some verses in scripture and reminded me about what it takes to effectively care for others.

Galatians 6:1-5 (New International Version) 1Brothers, if someone is caught in a sin, you who are spiritual should restore him gently. But watch yourself, or you also may be tempted. 2Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ. 3If anyone thinks he is something when he is nothing, he deceives himself. 4Each one should test his own actions. Then he can take pride in himself, without comparing himself to somebody else, 5for each one should carry his own load.

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