How We Care
These 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 and help people move forward in Home Church these principles are a great place to start.
This is how we care for and help people move forward;
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. We care for as long as it takes and do our best to help people move forward along the journey.
We Thrive Best In Community
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.
Organic Not Linear
Rather than adhering to a blanket model, we tailor curriculum, care and growth opportunities to individual aptitudes and interests of people.
“Every student has a distinctly different learning style. Teachers and trainers should adapt their lesson plans to this central fact.”— Hold On, You Lost Me! Use Learning Styles to Create Training that Sticks. Jeanine O'Neill Blackwell and Bernice McCarthy
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 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 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.
We Know People By Name
It takes time, effort and energy to learn names but we are fully persuaded that people are important - so we take the time to learn and know them by name.
People Before Projects
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Holy Spirit lives within every believer and empowers us to do more than we could ever have imagined. We learn faster when we take courage and know we are not alone - the power is within.
“He then asked a second time, “Simon, son of John, do you love me?”
“Yes, Master, you know I love you.”
Jesus said, “Shepherd my sheep.”
— John 21:16 MSG