Congregational Care Ministry
The Congregational Care Ministry (CCM) of FUMC was begun in June of 2017 when a core of four CCM’s were commissioned at Sunday Worship. They were given authority to work on behalf of the church and in partnership with the pastors to care for the Lord’s sheep within our church family. CCM’s have a heart for God’s people which is rooted in their strong heart for our Lord. Caring which a CCM shares is more than giving a ride, taking a meal, sending a card. It involves creating a relationship of trust, compassion, and encouragement with another. In our broken world, this caring involves joining in the journey with another, regardless of the type of journey. Through this relationship of trust and compassion on the shared journey, space is made for God to be present. CCM’s have no agenda but to share the love of Christ in the lives of others and to make a space for God to act.
CCM’s spend time together in study of the theology of care and of prayer, in study of listening and boundaries, and in understanding of hospital and in-home visitation. They grow spiritually and relationally with each other. They bond as a ministry team in their discussions and in the training they receive at the Church of the Resurrection in Kansas City. Once commissioned, CCM’s, under the direction of the pastors, reach out to those in our church family who need the Lord’s care through visits, phone calls, prayers, and having someone to walk with them through life’s struggles. If you feel you are being called to this type of ministry, I invite you to complete a Congregational Care Minister Assessment form which can be found in the newsletter, at our website, or in the church office. Once completed these should be electronically sent to Pastor Brenda or dropped by the church office. If you are so led, I hope you will prayerfully consider joining in the journey to tend the Lord’s sheep and in echoing the chorus, “Here I am Lord, I will hold your people in my heart.”
If you are interested in becoming a Congregational Care Minister, please complete the Congregational Care Minister Assessment form and bring it to us at First United Methodist Church in Bella Vista. If mailing, please send it to us at: 20 Boyce Drive Bella Vista, AR 72715 Attn: Pastor Brenda