@@We are a church that cares.@@
@@People matter to us because they matter to God@@ and we place people at the top of our priority list. This will mean mess, time, challenging situations and all the complexities that come with relationships....but it's worth the effort.
It's really easy to become distracted and lose sight of the reason we do what we do. It's always been about people and it always will be. Why do people matter so much? Because they matter to God and He has given us the mandate to lead and care for His family the best way we possible can. Any church that commits to a ministry of pastoral care is guaranteed challenging days but more often amazing days of seeing lives transformed and people living with purpose. In the end it's always worth it.
How we care
Our pastoral care principles are thought through and work in the real world. They work for volunteers or staff and allow us to partner with experts in the field. Whilst not meant to be a complete explanation of how we care for people in Home Church these principles are a great place to start, point us in the right direction and keep us on the same page.
We Have Time
@@People need time so we make time@@
@@The best place to find care and recovery is in community.@@ We work hard to help people find community and equip community to help people. Our relationship with God and relationship with others are two sides of the same coin.
We don't have all the answers and signpost to professional care givers when we're out of our depth. There are lots of people who are experts in areas we are not. We value and partner with them.
We don't turn up to the party unless we were invited. We don't stick our nose in where we weren't asked to. Unless someone is obviously in danger of serious harm we respect peoples privacy and wait for an invitation to get involved.
@@We value people above anything else.@@ We always place people above things, projects, deadlines and goals. Jesus came for people, to restore our relationship with God. He places people first so we do too.
We care for the whole person; body, soul and spirit. We believe that emotional health and spiritual maturity are inseparable. @@It is not possible to be spiritually mature while remaining emotionally immature.@@ If one aspect of our life is unhealthy it will effect the whole.
Potential Not Performance
People mess up. People make mistakes. People find themselves in situations they would rather not be in. @@Our focus is on the future and we talk about the potential of a better tomorrow@@. We can do this because of Jesus Christ.
Generalisation Free Zone
@@We treat everyone as an individual@@ and try not to stereotype. We sit with people and talk to people. We hear their story. @@We listen with the intent to understand.@@ We help them in their situation and work hard to keep our church a generalisation free zone.
Curious and Observant
We are curious and observant. We don't miss the obvious and are observant enough to notice the less obvious. When someone isn't themselves we ask "are you ok?"
We Are Faith People
We bring everything to God in prayer believing He is able to do more than we could hope for or imagine. @@We are faith people and expect healing, miracles and breakthroughs.@@ @@Faith is on our mind, in our hearts and in our mouths.@@
Caring for people can be a long journey but it's a journey we are committed to traveling. @@We don't do quick fix, we don't fob people off, we don't brush things under the carpet.@@44 We care for as long as it takes.
Our thought through approach, supported by experts in the field and approved by our leaders provides a way of delivering pastoral care that blesses and protects, both the person being cared for and the care giver.
@@We care enough to help people feed themselves.@@ Building a dependancy on ourselves is not sustainable long term nor is it healthy. @@We help people help themselves.@@
@@Our focus is on right thinking not right behaviours.@@ We don't focus on behaviour modification. @@The goal we seek is a renewed mind.@@ @@Right thinking will result in right behaviours.@@
Policies are not the enemy. They are here to help us. We follow and respect our safeguarding policies to protect those in our care as well as those giving care.