Episode 375

Ministry in Jacksonville; Pregnancy center in Thailand; Building trust in your church family

Jun 12, 2023

Paul Davis is on the front lines of ministry in Jacksonville, Florida; Last month in Thailand, a Pregnancy Center Care Team was connected with Violet three days before she delivered her baby girl, Daphne; Want to build a culture of trust in your church family?

Host

Brandon Porter

Resources

The Voice of the Martyrs  

Transcript

Paul Davis is on the front lines of ministry in Jacksonville, Florida. Davis is a community chaplain in the Sunshine state. He says a door has recently opened to begin a prison ministry in Jacksonville.

 

The ministry will be called Helping Others Prepare for Eternity or HOPE for short. The first meeting of the ministry is scheduled for June 5. It’s the first time this particular prison has partnered with a local ministry.

 

Last month in Thailand, a Pregnancy Center Care Team was connected with Violet three days before she delivered her baby girl, Daphne. Violet is only 14 years old and, while she is caring and attentive to Daphne, she is so young herself! Daphne’s father has yet to meet his daughter and must wait until he is released from juvenile jail later this year. 

 

The International Mission Board is asking believers to join them in lifting up this young mother, her baby, and the baby’s father. Ask God to give the care team opportunities to share ultimate hope with this young family.

 

Good News for Today is sponsored by The Voice of the Martyrs

Good News for Today is made possible through our friends at The Voice of the Martyrs, a nonprofit organization that serves persecuted Christians around the world. Founded in 1967 by Richard and Sabina Wurmbrand, VOM is dedicated to inspiring believers to deepen their commitment to Christ and to fulfill His Great Commission — no matter the cost. Find out more and sign up for their free monthly magazine at vom.org/goodnews.

 

Want to build a culture of trust in your church family? Jacki C. King offers four tips:

Shut Down Gossip 

Talk to one another, not about one another. Intentionally creating spaces for psychological safety, vulnerability, and mutual respect is a crucial first step in nurturing belonging and connectedness among members. As a leader, gossip has to stop with you, and then enforced when others overstep the boundary. 

Gossiping and speaking negatively toward those on staff or in your church can cause irreparable harm to individuals and undermine the church’s mission. To avoid such situations, it’s important to handle disagreements and frustrations in a constructive manner. Having open communication and speaking directly and respectfully to coworkers about any issues is the best way to address any work-related concerns.

Recently I found myself in a situation where one of my volunteer team members came to me complaining and frustrated about how another team member waited until the last minute to fulfill her part of an event, which then led to my team member having to rush and problem solve in the last moments leading up to the event. When she came to me, I listened and then asked her if she had spoken with the other team member first. She had not. In order for both of them to grow and understand the need for everyone to work together as a team, they each needed to come together and hear one another both about where to improve and to work together moving forward. 

Celebrate One Another

The things you choose to celebrate within your organization will likely be repeated. In a parenting and adoption class, an analogy was given using fertilizer to explain that the traits and characteristics you emphasize as a parent will flourish and grow in your child. The same is true of our work and ministry relationships. For instance, if an employee, who is usually late to staff meetings, arrives on time, acknowledging their effort and expressing appreciation with a simple statement like “I see your effort in getting here on time today. I appreciate you” can help to celebrate that employee or team member. Finding ways to celebrate your team, staff, or group helps push people toward the core values and character you hope to develop in them and your church as a whole.

One other key benefit of celebrating one another is to make central the core purpose and mission that you are on together. Celebrating when someone shares the gospel, completing a large community event, or highlighting the person who stepped up and filled a needed gap are all ways to promote missional living, faithfulness, and sacrificial teamwork. We don’t just execute tasks, we point to others to see how their investments impact the team, church family, and Kingdom of God. 

Grow Together

Being mindful of how we handle our responsibilities and interact with others is vital for the health and growth of our churches and teams. It is unfair to expect perfection from ourselves and those around us all of the time, which is why we need to expect and strive towards growth in the weak areas of our teams. 

After any major decision, event, or shift in practice, I always want to make sure to have an opportunity to discuss tweaks and areas of improvement to make the whole better. First starting as a leader and verbalizing where I could have done better or where I dropped the ball then helps to give freedom for others to own their areas of growth as well as collaborate together in their different strengths to move forward with a unified vision.

By intentionally having conversations around clarity and collaboration, you are able to walk forward together with understanding and one voice while valuing the diversity of perspectives. 

Be A Person Who Is Faithful & Consistent

One of the hard parts about creating a culture of trust is that in our current culture cynicism and assumption happen more than faithfulness. We will talk up a big plan in a meeting and then drop the ball when it comes to our follow-through. Whether it is due to being over-committed or a deeper need for character development and growth, we can often find ourselves being the ones who fuel the distrust within our teams without even knowing it. It is easy to rationalize or shrug off our own missteps than to own where we have failed and ask for forgiveness.

Building a trustworthy culture starts with you. Every day you choose to be a person of character, faithfulness, and consistency despite what temptation there may be to shrink back in work ethic, pass the blame, or assume the worst of a leader or team member.

 

 

 

                 

                Pro-life advocates and others are awaiting a Texas judge’s ruling on whether an abortion pill approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 2000 should be prescribed to women. The Southern Baptist Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission has called on nine federal agencies to revoke a proposed rule it says would unduly burden the rights of faith-based organizations that take part in government programs. And, a Lifeway Bible study on Baptist Press speaks to the final moments before Jesus’ arrest and subsequent crucifixion. Jesus seeks to encourage his disciples as he knows heavy sorrow is just around the corner.

                Pro-life advocates and others are awaiting a Texas judge’s ruling on whether an abortion pill approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 2000 should be prescribed to women. The Southern Baptist Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission has called on nine federal agencies to revoke a proposed rule it says would unduly burden the rights of faith-based organizations that take part in government programs. And, a Lifeway Bible study on Baptist Press speaks to the final moments before Jesus’ arrest and subsequent crucifixion. Jesus seeks to encourage his disciples as he knows heavy sorrow is just around the corner.

                Pro-life advocates and others are awaiting a Texas judge’s ruling on whether an abortion pill approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 2000 should be prescribed to women. The Southern Baptist Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission has called on nine federal agencies to revoke a proposed rule it says would unduly burden the rights of faith-based organizations that take part in government programs. And, a Lifeway Bible study on Baptist Press speaks to the final moments before Jesus’ arrest and subsequent crucifixion. Jesus seeks to encourage his disciples as he knows heavy sorrow is just around the corner.

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