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Lisa Copen, Founder of Rest Ministries which serves the chronically ill, shares about mothering, illness, ministry and more.

Come & Care – What Church Should Be About

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As Christians it’s easy to get caught up in all of the marketing and social networking of the rest of the world. We can say that we need to get back to basics, but let’s face it–Facebook and Twitter, cell phones and iphones are the way people connect now days.

It would have been odd for the church to never take anyone’s phone number years ago when the telephone was invested, because the church didn’t want to  get caught up in that technology.

That said, we need to remember that all of these social networking devices are TOOLS that we should use to carry out scripture. We should use them to reach more people — rather than letting them use us. I say that with a bit of guilty because I’ve told my son as he hovers over my shoulder, just a minute and mommy will get off the computer.  And I’m actually reading an article on how to be a better parent. Ironic, huh?

Occasionally I read a blog about church marketing and how “the church” can improve how it reaches out to people. When does it work right? When do we go overboard?

For example, one church in my town sent out postcards to the entire neighborhood, assuring them the church service would end early to accommodate the Chargers (football) game, plus, if they stayed and watched the game at the church on the TV provided, they might win some Charger’s gear. Is that cross the line into “tackiness” or is that just me?

Anyway, they recently posted this and it got my attention:

I asked my friend how he has continued to be a part of growing a healthy church community for so many years. Two words, he said, “come and care.”

Instead of spending his time trying to get people to come to church, he invests his time getting the people that do come to actually care. When people care, there is no longer an issue of getting people to come, he said. The people who care will get people to come which gets more people to care… and the cycle continues.

Don’t you love that? It sums up how I feel about churches but also about Rest Ministries. I’m going to repeat it…”The people who care will get people to come which gets more people to care.” (I wish I’d said it!)

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  Missy wrote @

What about shut-ins/disabled people who may only get to attend church occasionally? How can churches use new technology or ideas to minister to them? 1) Post audio &/or video of each service on their website. 2) If they can’t come to Sunday School, bring Sunday School to them! My late BFF Melodie Graves had a wonderful Sunday School class in Dallas whose members came to her home one night a week. Not only did Melodie get spiritual food & encouragement (she was paralyzed on one side and could not talk plainly due to a stroke), she got social interaction with her peers who left being encouraged by her, instead of the other way around! 3) Have the pastor, priest or elders take Communion elements to serve shut-ins in their homes. 4) If a disabled person or shut-in is having a hard time, post it on Twitter or Facebook, send e-mails to let your friends know, & post their name on the prayer board of the church website. Most of all, contact that person yourself and show that you care!


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