Our focus and desire for mercy ministry is to help the church to be the hands and feet of Jesus. We are creating disciples, and we want people to really understand that the Gospel can change individuals, families, communities, and cultures.
Inside the Church: Ministry care inside the church is primarily the work of our Deacons, and mercy ministry leaders. This requires being a part of each others lives with discernment to see needs and care and compassion to meet needs.
Each Community Group is a piece of the larger community of The church in DeKalb. We desire for each community to be a missional community that welcomes the lost, the hurting, and the people of Dekalb into the community of the church.
Outside the Church:
Ministry care outside the church is the responsibility of the whole church. We have a call to reach our neighbors, our co-workers, the barista in the coffee shop, the mailman, and all who are in our lives.
Nathan Ivey, Pastor of Mercy at Sojourn Community Church says it like this, “Our goal is to see people restored to being what God created them to be: people who understand that they are created in the image of God with the gifts, abilities, and capacity to make decisions and to effect change in the world around them; and people who steward their lives, communities, resources, and relationships in order to bring glory to God.”
We as a ministry team are expecting an understanding and a commitment to being in other people’s lives.
“And the Pharisees and their scribes grumbled at his disciples saying, “Why do you eat and drink with sinners?” And Jesus answered them, “Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. I have not come to call the righteous but sinners to repentance.”