Introduction to MissiologyCh. 31 – Strategies forHumanitarian Ministries By John Cheyne
The Place of Humanitarian MinistryHumanitarian ministry is not just a means to an end. Rather, it is an expression of a fundamental aspect of God’s character – His love and compassion for His creaturesMt 11:6-8; Mk 6:7-11; Lk.7:11-23
OverviewWe will look at three aspects of this ministry:2. Principles for involvement3. Philosophy of ministry4. Planning for effective involvement
Principles for Effective Ministry1. Incarnational – modeled by the missionary in their everyday life • Problem – paternalism2. Inclusive – done in a way that includes as many of the target group as possible3. Holistic – addressing all of – physical needs – underlying causes – spiritual dynamicsthat have abetted the emergence of these needs
Philosophy for Effective Ministry1. Relief – providing resources to help people endure a time of crisis2. Development – investing resources in the creation of self-sustaining processes that address the underlying causes of human hurt3. Transformation – creating an integrated system of self-sustaining responses that addresses both the spiritual and physical needs of the target audience
Ministry Pyramid Transformation Development Relief
Planning for Effective Ministry1.Same basic processes as for cross- cultural church planting2.Focus is different – meeting real human need in a way that is self-sustaining as well as redemptive.
Use a Planning Process1.Research – target group, culture2.Analyze – underlying issues3.Set Objectives4.Create action plans5.Monitor activity and Measure results