All baptized followers of Jesus are called to care for each other. We know that in our heart of hearts. We are right to expect people in churches to “care for one another.” In fact, the Bible contains over 50 verses that mention how we are to live toward “one another.” This ideally happens throughout all our relationships which NBLC calls, Your Five. To supplement these caring relationships, NBLC has also established a Caring Ministry. Check it out below!
Whether someone is home-bound, hospitalized, or going through a challenging season such as a divorce, a job-loss, chronic illness, or other emotionally taxing circumstance, NBLC has people ready to care through a variety of expressions.
- Caring Development happens through ePrayer responses, provision of Caring Meals, or even a ride to an appointment.
- Caring Ministry Members make home visits and/or hospital visits.
- Caring Companions provide one-to-one care, walking with hurting people through weekly get-togethers just once, or even throughout a tough season.
Ideally, everything our Caring Ministry Members do will also identify and/or enlist the help of Your Five relationships to provide sufficient support from the body of Christ.
When we say, Your Five, we do not mean a literal number. These are people who join hands with you in life. It could be just one person, but “many hands make light work,” as they say. Some have 10 or more people as their Five. Therefore, seek to have more of these meaningful relationships among your faith family at NBLC.
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Think of who you know you can count on when life’s challenging—during the good times (like having a baby) and the bad times (like having surgery). These are also the people who know they can count on you during their own ups-and-downs. Like a hug, this kind of support is intended to work both ways.
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You don’t just share life with Your Five, but you also share eternal life. Eternal life is about knowing Jesus. We know Jesus through His Word. So Christ’s Word is central to Your Five. These are people you pray with and for one another. Faith and your friendship go hand-in-hand. At least, this is what we are all learning how to do.
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You and Your Five live in the same area and probably know the same people. And so you and they have the same call from God to bless others as you have been blessed. This is as simple as praying together for unchurched family and friends to know Christ. Serving together on a team or at a special event is also a common way to do this.
The Bible is full of explanations on how you and Your Five relate to “one another.” At NBLC, we try to help you know Your Five and keep you growing together. For example, when a need arises, someone from our Caring Ministry Team will likely connect with Your Five to brainstorm how to meet any needs. And we will provide suggestions and resources for how you can increasingly share Christ together and info on service opportunities. Your Five is foundational for living as the body of Christ at NBLC.
We always want to pray for you, but especially in times like these! Submit a prayer request to the NBLC prayer team here.
Need some extra help?
Our Caring Ministry was established as a way to love, serve, and encourage those who are experiencing challenges. To connect with us about a need, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
My name is Julie. My husband Chris and I began attending New Beginnings around 8 years ago with our sons Nicholas and Dominic. I began my journey in caring ministry around 5 or 6 years ago and during that time I have met several amazing people with hearts for caring for others. I am excited to be part of the Caring Ministry team and look forward to seeing how God uses our unique gifts to show His love to those within our congregation and community.
My name is Gayle Reneer and I joined New Beginnings Lutheran Church 9 years ago. I love our mission to “Know Christ and to Make Christ Known” and feel so blessed to be part of our faith family! We are a growing congregation that is so generous and cares for each other! As a member of New Beginnings, I have served in a variety of roles on our Vision/Values Leadership team, Connection Coach team, Turkey Challenge team, OCC team and Caring Ministry. Professionally and personally, I delight in partnering with individual’s as they look to identify and grow their talents as Christian’s and leaders. I joined NBLC’s Caring Ministry 4 years ago to help serve our congregation and support members experiencing life challenges that benefited from a Christian companion that offered a listening ear and caring heart. I am extremely excited to serve as your caring companions team lead as this team will be instrumental in serving our congregation in new and amazing ways!
Carla Bruns became a member of NBLC in February 2017. She joined the Caring Ministry team because she has a desire to nurture relationships within our church family. When Carla is not with her family or working, she enjoys reading, cooking, cruising, and talking to her cats as if they understand her.
Together, we can care for one another the way God intended for His Church! If you are interested in helping raise the bar of caring in our faith family, consider joining the team in one of the following roles:
Funeral Meals Coordinator
Email us at email@example.com to let us know you're interested in joining the team!
"And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near."