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This is a photo of the classmates I will be “travelling” for the next four years.
MINISTERING TO THE ABUSED AND GRIEVING
AS EVANGELISTIC TOOLS FOR THE MISSIONAL CHURCH

The course I am taking is a “Doctor of Ministry in the Missional Church.” There is a great movement that has been slowly speeding up now for ten years, across the Interdenominational board to bring the church back to its New Testament roots.
Most churches in North America can be categorised as “consumer” churches, where people come to church once a week to be spiritually ‘fed.’ There is nothing wrong with that, but if all the ‘feeding’ is left up to the Pastor then discipleship is very slow and often doesn’t happen at all and so we have the situation in some churches where people have been attending ‘church’ for over a quarter of a century or more but are still feeding on “spiritual milk” and are no closer to being ready to disciple others than at their baptism. Also relationships do not get developed past a surface level. Wonderful people, but just not ready or willing to ‘be sent out’ to fulfill the Great Commission, (Matthew 28).
The Missional church movement calls for committed Christians to allow themselves “to be sent” out into the community and form ‘Church’ wherever people are so that the people are ‘Church.’ This means that ‘Church’ will be that group of 15-20 or 25 people who meet in a home, or meet in the corner of a parking lot, or meet in an office, or in a pub or cafe or Tim Hortons or Starbucks. The main focus of meeting will be to be discipled, to hear each others journey, to pray together, to really get to know each other and eventually to teach up disciples that, in turn, will allow the Holy Spirit ‘to send’ them to start more groups.
The corporate gathering will be these groups coming together for celebratory picnics, worship, and other encouraging testimonial gatherings maybe once a month, or once a quarter. The Pastor will preach at these gatherings, but group leaders and participants will give testimonies that will encourage the Saints.
The Missional groups will be led by the laity, (the first leaders however, will be the pastors who have trained up laity). Once the Pastor has ‘launched’ his/her first group of laity, the pastor’s job from then on is to continue to disciple the group leaders, and continue to train up new leaders. The pastors will meet with other pastors to continue in their discipling journey. In other words, it is life-ling discipling for everyone, even the pastors.
Group leaders will meet once a week with the pastor who is encouraging and training up more ‘Church leaders.’ What is so beautiful about the Missional Church is that God gifts us with the ability to reach out to those who have been through what we have been through. In this way you have people formed into Churches of people who understand each other whether it is the local biker gange, people struggling with addictions, abuse or just everyday struggles of life. And if it is possible, group leaders are encouraged to actually live in the community that they are discipling. Most of the time this will happen, however, because God calls us to disciple ‘where we are.’
The Missional Church gatherings, however, are very strongly Family gatherings of all age groups where the children participate along with the adults. Missional Church gatherings are NOT  therapy groups. This can be done separately. Any nitty gritty stuff is not for the content of the meeting, but for referral to experts while the person or persons continue to meet in the Church group that they feel so close to. As people become healed and reconciled with God, they too go forth and start more Missional Church groups.
Isn’t this wonderful! The people often meet many times in twos or threes in the week as newcomers get their ‘feet’ under them, maybe for a quick cup of tea, or a prayer, or an encouraging phone call or a meal etc.  In this way true friendships are formed. Groups are taught boundaries, however, as this is all part of ‘modelling’ what being a disciple is. Christ taught by modelling and it is our lives that teach newcomers what it is to be a Christian, so this includes boundaries. This will ensure that no one person gets worn out with a needy person.
My Project concern is that it is the current church leaders who are tending to start these wonderful Missional Church groups; and it is many of these current church leaders who still have not had training in crisis intervention of the hard stuff of life. So… as much as the Missional Church Movement has the God-given potential to bring about healing and reconciliation in a way that the Traditional Church model has not, if these church leaders simply transfer their ineptness to the Missional Church movement then the deeply hurting, in that particular pastor’s area of Missional Church groups will still not find places of refuge. I am maintaining that as with the Traditional church model, only those Missional Churches where the leaders have adequate training and awareness on how to deal with abuse and grief issues will provide the place of healing and refuge that God mandates us to provide according to Isaiah 61:1-3.
Those Missional Church communities who ARE providing places of safety and refuge will be the ones to prevail AND to produce disciples after disciples after disciples just as our Lord meant it to be. God’s blessings to us all as we remain faithful to the Great Commission

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Annual General Meeting 2011 Photos

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Montreal Massacre Candlelight Remembrance Ceremony

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“Please note the following activity that Compassionate Cup Ministries is Hosting in Annapolis Royal on December 6th. This ministry chooses to be obedient to Isaiah 1.17, “learn to do good; seek justice, rescue the oppressed, defend the orphan, plead for the widow.”  December 6th, 6.30 on the steps of Kerr House, Montreal Massacre, Candlelight Remembrance Ceremony, remembering the […]

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First Newsletter (online extended version)

October 26, 2010

REGISTRATION REQUIRED FOR ALL GROUPS AND SESSIONS TEL: (306) 979 5256 Click on the link below to download our first newsletter in PDF format. Compassionate_Cup_Ministries_ NEWSLETTER_Number_One You need the free Adobe Reader to view the newsletter. If it is not yet installed on your computer, click on the button below to download and install it.

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Who Did God Invite to See the New Baby Jesus First at the Manger: And Why is this Important

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Youtubing is a new experience for me, but feel called to minister in this way in the absence of not having a church to pastor in this remote, Arctic community of Paulatuk, NT. I pray this may be a blessing and that I will get more comfortable with the medium as time goes on. I […]

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TAKING AWAY THE REQUIREMENT FOR CELIBACY WILL NOT REDUCE CHILD ABUSE IN THE CATHOLIC CHURCH

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I agree with most of the narrative in this link except for the comment on taking away the celibacy requirement for priests. Sexual abuse is not about acting out sexual frustration. Pedophiles have deliberately gravitated towards the Catholic priesthood especially for the easy access to children and young people in utilizing the power and control […]

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IS THE POPE’S APOLOGY SINCERE?

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The Pope’s apology, though healing for some survivors, is also an anomaly for others in light of the fact that Catholic funding is upholding the lawyers who are battling in the courts to oppose the setting aside of the Statute of Limitations for the thousands of child sexual abuse offenses that the church swept under […]

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A TIME TO EXAMINE ABUSIVE MINDSETS WITHIN CHRISTIANITY

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As a pastor, what we teach can give life, or take away life. The responsibility is formidable. James 3:1 reminds those of us who are in leadership positions in the churches of this; “NOT MANY OF YOU SHOULD BECOME TEACHERS, MY BROTHERS AND SISTERS, FOR YOU KNOW THAT WE WHO TEACH WILL BE JUDGED WITH […]

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NEWSLETTER NUMBER ONE

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NEWSLETTER NUMBER ONE

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WHY CHURCHES DISBELIEVE VICTIMS AND BELIEVE PASTORAL ABUSERS

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This is such a revealing article for those of us who are so tired of inept church communities who support the perpetrator of abuse at the expense of the victim. It also asks each and everyone of us to take a good look at ourselves. Please look up this link. I would like to add […]

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New Business Card

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Sometimes being a pastor is fun: Co-presiding a Board member’s Wedding

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Thank you Diane and Steven for allowing me to be a part of your wedding. The Maritimes is a beautiful setting in the summer. You looked beautiful and it was such fun to be able to dress up before getting our “official” photograph’s taken. Your service to Compassionate Cup Ministries: A Voice for the Voiceless” […]

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