STATEMENT OF INTENT by Pastor Marion after deep, prayerful discussions with my close brothers and sisters in Christ.
(a) Compassionate Cup Ministries is a response to the findings of academic research of the last 25 years, and continuing anecdotal evidence, citing the need for Biblically based Christian faith communities to prevent the current prevalence of secondary trauma by universally equipping church leaders for crisis intervention of abuse, domestic violence, sexual assault and other issues of traumatic grief and loss. This society will seek, on a volunteer and non-profit basis to pursue these following objectives in order to address this:
1. The whole purpose of this ministry is to enlighten Churches to accept gifts of personal experience and acquired expertise that bring light to the reality of secondary trauma caused by inept crisis interventions of domestic violence, abuse, sexual assault, addictions and other traumatic grief and loss.
2. To work collaboratively with survivors, helping agencies and the Church towards establishing a corporate, systematic educational and support system around these issues.
3. To serve as a Bridge between the Church and secular helping agencies such as Women’s Shelters, Sexual Assault Centres, Addictions Centres, Child Abuse Prevention Centres and the Police. To be available as a resource to facilitate mutual understanding, the breaking down of myths, prejudices and preconceived ideas. To encouraging more church leaders to utilize these specialist resources to better facilitate healing for the people.
4. This ministry’s mandate is to change the fact that even though all the necessary literature and educational material has been available for many years in our church Conventions, Conferences and Pastor’s offices, and the courses are offered on an ongoing basis by helping agencies and specialist pastoral resources, it has been recorded that the majority of clergy do not access this material, nor do the seminaries provide it in the core seminary program.
5. To give opportunities of engagement and connection to facilitate spiritual reconciliation and healing of secondary trauma, spiritual abandonment and abuse.
(b) To achieve this is by:-
1. Sensitive networking and relationship building for the purpose of creating opportunities to provide the information to churches that will dispel the fear that is engendered by misperceptions and then to work collaboratively with the community to implement specific strategies for education and healing. To include in this education that knowledge of the dynamics of the issues that teaches a helper to know the limits of one’s expertise and highlights the need to work collaboratively with specialist agencies.
2. To set up a Website to enhance networking and serve as a resource for those feeling isolated.
3. To find openings to heighten the awareness of church leaders to the fact that their members most often use them as their first, and sometimes only resource in all of life’s ongoing crises, that they are perceived as speaking for God and their ethical responsibility to be aptly prepared for this.
4. To engage in long-term plans to provide a 24-hour crisis line that recognizes the particular needs of people of a biblically based faith. This would include the needs of the church leaders as leaders and also for the personal need of the church leaders themselves, especially the need for confidentiality. This would not be an alternative to secular crisis lines, but as well as.
5. To primarily, but not exclusively provide front line support for people of biblically based Christian faith communities, i.e. no-one who honestly applies for assistance will be turned away.
6. To abide by pastoral and counseling ethics, i.e. no proselytizing and response basis only.
7. To provide short and long-term group and one-on-one therapeutic intervention.
8. To offer and facilitate requests for spiritual reconciliation and healing, on a denominational and interdenominational basis, through church services according to the mode and time and place of the hurting themselves.
9. To provide workshops for deacons and congregations, youth and adults.
10. To provide Seminary Modules on knowledge specific crisis intervention strategies for pastors.
11. To enhance the church leaders’ ability to serve by providing Seminary Modules on Self-Examination of Prejudices and Pre-conceived Ideas and Multicultural and Sub-cultural issues in order to hear the other person in what they are saying rather than through the personal emotional filter of the helper.
12. To provide pulpit presentations, by invitation, on the Church as a Place of Refuge for all.
13. To provide interactional presentations on the need for Compassionate Cup Ministries, for churches, organizations, community groups, schools, colleges and universities.
14. To utilize those who apply and who have reached an appropriate stage of healing to be part of the solution by turning their pain into gain for others, recognizing that healing is a life-long process and they can withdraw/return, as appropriate, at any time.
15. To endeavour to post newsletters from time to time. 16. To seek and utilize likeminded clergy and counselors and church communities towards a development of a comprehensive, systematic network of safe, spiritual resources Maritime-wide.
17. To make sensitive accommodation to the needs and ethos of the area from which requests are made.
18. To build close, mutually supportive relationships with local Christian churches, denominations, agencies and educational institutions, “for building up the body of Christ” (Ephesians 4:12);