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Social Ministry  as Part of an  Integrated Mission Strategy   By Bob Munson, ThD Bukal Life Care & Counseling Center www.b...
Don’t  Think of Spiritual and Social as Distinct Areas
Think of One Region that has more or less spiritual and social aspects (or eternal and temporal)
Think of one area as “Real Needs”. This is what God knows we need. It involves spiritual, physical, mental, and social thi...
Think of one area as “Felt Needs”. This is what people think they need. It involves some spiritual, but mostly physical, m...
Transformation of Lives involves  (in part)  moving man’s priorities to God’s.
Types  of  Ministries
ATTITUDES AND MINISTRY
COMBINING MEETING NUMEROUS NEEDS IS USEFUL IN MANY THINGS <ul><li>CONSIDER COMDEV TRAINING. TO BE EFFECTIVE, ONE WOULD WAN...
Plans/Methods Should Integrate “Secular” and “Spiritual” also… <ul><li>In fact, one should not think of them as separate…....
WHY? <ul><li>It implies that some methods (“spiritual”) are blessed by God, while other methods (“secular”) are not. </li>...
However, we traditionally do separate some things as spiritual and others secular <ul><li>“ SPIRITUAL” </li></ul><ul><li>P...
But did Jesus separate between  “Spiritual” and “Secular”? <ul><li>How did Jesus decide what towns to go to? </li></ul><ul...
<ul><li>  Spiritual   Secular   </li></ul><ul><li>Verse 1 Go out in 2s _____   ______ </li></ul><ul><li>Verse 2 Pray for w...
Suggested Viewpoint NOT…  but…
“ Spiritual” methods empower the “Secular” methods, and vice versa.
Separation of “Spiritual” and “Secular” is  extremely  Common in Church. We often think that way without knowing it.  Exam...
Praying, studying God’s Word, Seeking God’s leading and so forth are important!! They are vital to any Holistic Community ...
However, so are planning, formulating, implementing, and evaluating.
Exercise:  Using “Secular” Methods <ul><li>Observe </li></ul><ul><li>Analyze </li></ul><ul><li>Identify </li></ul><ul><li>...
Is this adequate? <ul><li>Just because we know what we CAN do, do we know what we should do? Do we know what God is blessi...
No!! <ul><li>However… praying, fasting, and reading the Bible, without observation, analysis, research, and planning, will...
Concluding Summary <ul><li>Social ministry and spiritual ministry as two spectral aspects of wholistic Christian ministry....
Social Ministry  as Part of an  Integrated Mission Strategy   By Bob Munson, ThD Bukal Life Care & Counseling Center www.b...
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  1. 1. Social Ministry as Part of an Integrated Mission Strategy By Bob Munson, ThD Bukal Life Care & Counseling Center www.bukallife.org
  2. 2. Don’t Think of Spiritual and Social as Distinct Areas
  3. 3. Think of One Region that has more or less spiritual and social aspects (or eternal and temporal)
  4. 4. Think of one area as “Real Needs”. This is what God knows we need. It involves spiritual, physical, mental, and social things. However, it is centered on “Spiritual”. “Seek ye first the kingdom of God…”
  5. 5. Think of one area as “Felt Needs”. This is what people think they need. It involves some spiritual, but mostly physical, mental, and social things.
  6. 6. Transformation of Lives involves (in part) moving man’s priorities to God’s.
  7. 7. Types of Ministries
  8. 8. ATTITUDES AND MINISTRY
  9. 9. COMBINING MEETING NUMEROUS NEEDS IS USEFUL IN MANY THINGS <ul><li>CONSIDER COMDEV TRAINING. TO BE EFFECTIVE, ONE WOULD WANT TO TRY TO MEET: </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Mental/Educational Needs </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Physical Needs </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Spiritual Needs </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Social Needs </li></ul></ul></ul>
  10. 10. Plans/Methods Should Integrate “Secular” and “Spiritual” also… <ul><li>In fact, one should not think of them as separate…. </li></ul>
  11. 11. WHY? <ul><li>It implies that some methods (“spiritual”) are blessed by God, while other methods (“secular”) are not. </li></ul>
  12. 12. However, we traditionally do separate some things as spiritual and others secular <ul><li>“ SPIRITUAL” </li></ul><ul><li>Praying </li></ul><ul><li>Meditating </li></ul><ul><li>Fasting </li></ul><ul><li>Seeking Godly counsel </li></ul><ul><li>Performing miracles </li></ul><ul><li>Studying God’s Word </li></ul><ul><li>Preaching </li></ul><ul><li>“ SECULAR” </li></ul><ul><li>Planning </li></ul><ul><li>Organizing </li></ul><ul><li>Researching </li></ul><ul><li>Promoting </li></ul><ul><li>Fund-raising </li></ul><ul><li>Analyzing </li></ul><ul><li>Evaluating </li></ul>
  13. 13. But did Jesus separate between “Spiritual” and “Secular”? <ul><li>How did Jesus decide what towns to go to? </li></ul><ul><li>Read Luke 10:1-11 </li></ul><ul><li>In the list on the next slide, decide if each item is a “Spiritual method” or a “Secular method”. </li></ul>
  14. 14. <ul><li> Spiritual Secular </li></ul><ul><li>Verse 1 Go out in 2s _____ ______ </li></ul><ul><li>Verse 2 Pray for workers _____ ______ </li></ul><ul><li>Verse 4 Go directly without </li></ul><ul><li>provisions _____ _____ </li></ul><ul><li>Verses 5-7 Seek man of </li></ul><ul><li>peace _____ _____ </li></ul><ul><li>Verse 9 Heal the sick _____ _____ </li></ul><ul><li>Verse 9 Preach God’s </li></ul><ul><li>word _____ _____ </li></ul><ul><li>Verses 10-11 Leave town if </li></ul><ul><li>rejected _____ _____ </li></ul><ul><li>Verse 1 Visit if good </li></ul><ul><li>response _____ _____ </li></ul>
  15. 15. Suggested Viewpoint NOT… but…
  16. 16. “ Spiritual” methods empower the “Secular” methods, and vice versa.
  17. 17. Separation of “Spiritual” and “Secular” is extremely Common in Church. We often think that way without knowing it. Examples: <ul><li>Spiritual gifts versus Talents versus Skills </li></ul><ul><li>Faithhealing versus medical care versus natural healing </li></ul><ul><li>Miracle versus the Mundane </li></ul>
  18. 18. Praying, studying God’s Word, Seeking God’s leading and so forth are important!! They are vital to any Holistic Community Development work.
  19. 19. However, so are planning, formulating, implementing, and evaluating.
  20. 20. Exercise: Using “Secular” Methods <ul><li>Observe </li></ul><ul><li>Analyze </li></ul><ul><li>Identify </li></ul><ul><li>Research </li></ul><ul><li>Formulate </li></ul>
  21. 21. Is this adequate? <ul><li>Just because we know what we CAN do, do we know what we should do? Do we know what God is blessing? </li></ul><ul><li>Even if we know what to do, do we know what the underlying spiritual problems are? </li></ul><ul><li>Do we know how to attack the spiritual problems and bring people and communities to long-term transformation? </li></ul><ul><li>Are we prepared for the counterattack of the Evil One? </li></ul>
  22. 22. No!! <ul><li>However… praying, fasting, and reading the Bible, without observation, analysis, research, and planning, will rarely prove productive. </li></ul><ul><li>Why? Because God reveals truth to those who seek truth, not those who seek ignorance. God blesses the faithful servant, not the foolish slacker. </li></ul><ul><li>Praying does not replace Planning. Planning does not replace Praying. </li></ul><ul><li>Seeking godly counsel does not replace Seeking technical experts. Seeking technical experts does not replace seeking godly counsel. </li></ul>
  23. 23. Concluding Summary <ul><li>Social ministry and spiritual ministry as two spectral aspects of wholistic Christian ministry. </li></ul><ul><li>The social side and spiritual side of ministry should not be seen as strongly different or in competition with each other. Rather, they should be seen as synergistic. </li></ul>
  24. 24. Social Ministry as Part of an Integrated Mission Strategy By Bob Munson, ThD Bukal Life Care & Counseling Center www.bukallife.org
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