Care & Support
Care and Support
The purpose of the Care and Support Ministry is to facilitate the vision of Alliance Bible Church by being living examples of the gospel as we serve those in need.
At Alliance, our Care and Support Ministry’s primary focus is to provide care and support to those who are outside of a Life Group or have an emergency that’s larger than a Life Group’s capability. We believe that the vast majority of people’s needs should simply be met in Life Group community. This Culture of Care has defined how we go about tending to people’s needs and where we focus our attention.
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Culture of Care
Everything we do in the Care and Support Ministry begins with our Culture of Care. As leaders in the church we believe it is essential for our church’s health to resist the professionalization of ministry and seek to equip God’s people to serve one another. God did not fundamentally give pastors to the church for the care of people, but for the equipping of the saints. In the Care and Support Ministry, it is critical that our leaders assume that the first place that people should be receiving care is in a Life Group.
The primary place people at Alliance Bible Church should be receiving care is from other members of their Life Group. In a group, no one needs to be a trained professional to show compassion. No one needs to be a seminary graduate to speak the truth of Scripture. Love, patience, kindness, gentleness and wisdom are not unique to certain Christian leaders, but are meant to be characteristics of every member of the body of Christ. For the Care and Support Ministry, this means that we will focus on helping groups care for one another and providing care for people who fall outside of a group.
There are times when people in a group will find themselves with a situation beyond their ability. When someone falls outside of a group’s capabilities, the assistance of the Care Team should be sought and/or when emergencies happen, pastoral or professional care should be sought. It takes discernment and wisdom to recognize those moments when a situation is beyond a group leader’s capability. For the majority of situations, group leaders will be the shepherds in the lives of group members. This means the primary question for a group leader becomes, not “what is the pastor going to do about this situation,” but “what am I going to do about this situation?”
When the Care and Support Ministry is activated, care for people with excellence in Jesus’ name is our goal. Our desire is to also direct people back into community when possible. Finally, the hope of this ministry, when people cannot re-enter a community for whatever reason, is make sure that they are not forgotten. As a member of the body of Christ, whether they are in prison, a nursing home or their own home, our deepest desire is they that they are remembered, prayed for and cared for to the best of our ability.
As we go about caring for those in our church community we focus on:
• Remember those who need care and can no longer be physically part of our community.
• Pray for and communicate prayer needs within our community.
• Provide quality, gospel centered support groups to those in need.
• Show excellent hospitality to those in need.
If you’re a part of our church community and have a care need please select from the options below to contact us