Purpose of Caring and Healing Ministries
“Jesus went throughout Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, preaching the good news of the kingdom, and healing every disease and sickness among the people.” (Matthew 8:23)
“Bear one another’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.” (Galatians 6:2)
Among many others, these two Bible verses express the purpose of caring and healing ministries at Good Shepherd. Because all of us are broken people who experience suffering and sorrow, loss and heartbreak, disease and death, we all need the healing and wholeness only God can give in Jesus Christ.
The purpose of Good Shepherd’s caring and healing ministries is to fulfill Good Shepherd’s mission:
Following Christ, Growing in Faith, Sharing God’s Love
We want to follow Jesus in His healing ministry; we want to grow in trusting the presence and power of Jesus, our Savior and Healer; and we want to share God’s love with anyone who is going through life’s difficulties and sadness with personal and meaningful ministry.
Good Shepherd welcomes the opportunity to provide care and be instruments of God’s healing love to those in our community—members, guests, family members, friends, neighbors, coworkers—who would benefit from the personal ministry and resources our congregation provides. We want to provide whatever care a person may need—physical, emotional, relational, spiritual—as much as possible here on earth, for as long as the person may need ministry.
Good Shepherd offers four primary ways of providing caring and healing ministry:
The following website provides contact information for many agencies, hotlines, shelters, employment resources, food pantries, and many other organizations throughout the St. Louis area: www.startherestl.org.