The video below is making it's way around the YouTube o'sphere . . . I think it represents how the church I am privileged to serve as a pastor sees its place in the context of the Great Commission.
One of my personal ministry goals this year is to establish a road map for the growing of our congregational care ministry. To do this . . . we are going to have to recruit and train lay people (lay chaplains?) who feel called to assist/partner with the pastoral staff as we respond to the great number of requests we get each week from people seeking various forms of pastoral care.
In other words . . . it is time for the training of some congregational care disciples.
I thought further about this, in relation to my theraputice music entertainment work . . . which included my being mentored as I went through a very specific, and at times, intense certification process.
In essence . . . I am a TME disciple. And, it is time I begin to recruit and train some future TME disciples as well.
More on both of these in the near future.
God's grace still amazes me . . . ><>