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Cause and Location Based Ministries

Cause and Location Based Ministries
By John Schmidt
We often use terms that are not commonly heard, so we like to define them to make it possible for everyone involved with the Pastoral Advocacy Network to be working with the same understandings. Today I want to define the terms “Cause” based ministries and “Location” based ministries as we use them.

America was founded primarily on the concept of a “location” based ministry. When our forefathers arrived here from various parts of the world they brought with them a strong vision for planting churches in every community. These were led by ministers who were taught to establish the local church model. All across our land, wherever new towns and cities were built, local churches sprang up to meet the growing needs of an expanding community. They grew the fastest in the densely populated areas. They mushroomed where traveling distance, the best communication opportunities and large sanctuaries provided a gathering place for the religious programs as well as protection from the elements. For many, the distance that the church bell could be heard determined the size of its harvest field.
Even today, the “location” based ministry concept of evangelizing our nation dominates our understanding of the term “church”. For generations we have been taught to believe that the “location” based ministry or local church is the center of spiritual activity. Its stained glass sanctuary is the ideal environment to worship God. Its classrooms, the training centers to teach people spiritual principles. The fellowship hall is for various secondary gatherings. Their altars are for sinners to repent and saints to be refreshed. And, it’s offering plates, the biblical storehouse for tithes and offerings. Generally speaking, “location” based ministries are attendee funded. The leaders are mainly Seminary or Bible College trained professionals, though many churches are led by non-professionals.

Most church planters say that people will only go to a specific church if it is within a 10-15 minute drive, has adequate parking, the programs they desire and can identify with its music and message. This research and training clearly help define the layout of its structures, development of its ministry programs, its means of funding and its mode of presenting its message. When these criteria are met people recognize it as a church. Such location based ministries are essential to the development of vibrant faith in our land.
To the traditional pillar of the “location” based ministry the Lord is adding more and more of what we call “Cause” based ministry. The “Cause” based ministry is built on the concept that the ministry’s work is determined by a singular worthy cause. Their purpose is to meet the unmet needs of specific people in our world who desire a personal touch from God.
These ministries do not need buildings, or be concerned with traveling distance. They thrive on the fellowship of common pursuit, the joint worship of God while meeting the need of its cause, and training its participants by new methods of communication. Yet, “cause” based ministries are every bit a part of the true church, standing side by side with “location” based ministries.
“Cause” ministries are on the rise for a number of reasons:
  1. Communication and Involvement Opportunities. For the majority of history the best means to communicate something was to gather people together. Now, times are changing. Added to the radio, television, phone, and printed materials, the internet is opening unexpected opportunities not only to communicate, but for involvement of many people from many locations. You can email people all over the world inexpensively, having intense and meaningful relationships. Soon this will be expanded to include a means to talk over the internet and even connect visually by web cams. Right now you can send offerings and gifts directly to the people of need within minutes without having to work with the cumbersome bureaucracies of corporate organizations or denominations. What once was a bell on top of a church tower that rang out a call to its local church members is now an internet connection that draws people together from around the world to participate in the same ministry cause.
  2. Increase of Available Ministers. Many ministers are being reassigned by the Lord from “location” based ministries into “cause” based ministries. Discomforting things are happening to pastors and spiritual leaders everywhere that are driving them out of their pulpits. Whether they resign or are removed by a forced termination, the result is the same. They are without opportunity or desire to work in a “location” based ministry again, but retain the calling of God to serve somewhere. From the ranks of these displaced Pulpit Pastors God is raising up those who are becoming anointed Street Shepherds with a cause. Many of these Street Shepherds are beginning to see how God can use them to touch the lives of needy people that are not or cannot be addressed by the local churches. (See the definition of “The Principle of Reassignment.”)
  3. Creative New Vision. “Cause” based ministries are limited only by the God inspired imagination. When a minister is left alone with God very exciting things can happen as they heal. Rising from the ashes of their loss they are being transformed by the healing power of their Savior. They are experiencing a renewal of their calling and being re-energized with insight into what it means to win the lost. These new visions are being expressed in the creation of new ministries and methods.
  4. An Expanded Understanding of the Meaning of a Storehouse. A ministry storehouse for finances is the place that you have not only chosen to support with tithes and offerings, but have chosen to actually become personally involved. It is the place where you have seen its vision as your own and you can put your hand to its plow of service. There you can give of your life, energy, prayers, talents and money in fulfillment of the great commission to go into all of the world and preach the gospel.

These legitimate “cause” based ministries are a welcomed addition to established “location” based works that have graced our land since its founding. They are serving to expand the Kingdom of God in an ever increasing complex society and meet the biblical designation of “church”.

John Schmidt

Phone: 619-818-2901
E-mail:
Dignity@PastorsInPain.com
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This above

article was very helpful and gave me insight to ministry that I never really thought about. Honestly it was life changing at the time I read it a few years ago.

In His Grace Forever,
Pastor Teddy Awad, CMHP
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We provide an accepting environment that allows for God’s grace and healing for those seeking with life controlling issues. We offer rational and objective advice from a variety of life issues such as anxiety, depression, abuse, addiction, relational issues, family intervention, eating disorders. If you are at a point of crisis and are looking for objective rational no cost advice please give us a call.

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The Young Adult Crisis Hotline provides an accepting non-judgmental place to call in the midst of crisis when dealing with life controlling issues. We also offer practical advice for family members who are in desperate need of guidance. We offer no cost rational and objective advice from a variety of life issues such as anxiety, depression, abuse, addiction, relational issues, family intervention needs, and eating disorders from a Biblical Viewpoint. If you are at a point of crisis and are looking for objective rational no cost advice from a Biblical Viewpoint please give us a call.

If you are a young adult or a family member of a young adult who is in crisis this hotline number is for you! Transitions in life can cause the feeling of Crisis and loss of control. If you need non-judgmental advice and clarity in the midst of confusion please call us day or night. If you have lost control and realize that you need help with your life controlling problems call us. Also if your family member is going through a crisis and are in need of Support please call us we participate in family Interventions for life controlling problems with families that are at no cost locally.

If you are a young adult or a family member of a young adult who is in crisis this hotline number is for you. I have below defined what I believe a Critical Crisis can be in a young adults life and hopefully you can reach out for encouragement during these times in you life.

Critical Crisis Definition: A crisis is a turning point or decisive moment in events where you as a young adult or as a family member have met a crossroad. Typically, it is the moment from which an imminent critical trauma may go on to death or recovery. More loosely, it is a term meaning ‘a testing time’ or ’emergency event’. This crossroad is a crucial, decisive point or situation where a turning point, or an emotionally stressful event or traumatic change in a person’s life will be taking place.

A Critical situation you or a loved one is either in or verging on a state of crisis or emergency. The Young Adult Crisis Hotline offers immediate emotional support by telephone volunteers trained to help young adults who may be having relational problems, addictions, have an eating disorder, are suicidal, in emotional distress, or in need of reassurance.

Services are free, confidential, and anonymous. Professionally trained volunteers handle incoming calls using active, caring, and nonjudgmental listening and problem-solving skills.

All calls are free, confidential and anonymous. Young Adults in crisis… they’re everywhere. Faced with physical and emotional abuse, drugs, peer pressure and the like, many today just don’t have the resources or support to handle the pressure. The marketing experts at Hallmark say that “15 million Americans now attend weekly support groups for chemical addictions and other problems. Another 100 million relatives are cheering on their addicted loved ones. This means that half of all Americans are either in recovery or helping someone who is.”

We personally want to be able to reach out and help those who are in critical crisis with personal encouragement and care through the storm that faces your life personally. Please call us and let me try to help you right where you are at in your life. No matter how far, or how low you think you are it is not too late for help!

Most of the time, we are just facing what we have personally chosen previously over and over again as a choice. Now we are facing a mountain and need help or a guide to help us through the dangerous path around the mountain passes. We just want to be that guide and be there for you if you want that guide, to survive the mountain passes. Please call, anytime day or night!

Young Adults in crisis… they’re everywhere. Faced with physical and emotional abuse, drugs, peer pressure and the like, many today just don’t have the resources or support to handle the pressure. We personally want to be able to be an outpost of hope for you. Please reach out and get help in the midst of your crisis. We will offer personal encouragement and non-judgmental care through the storm that faces your life personally. Please call us and let us try to help you right where you are at in your life. No matter how far, or how low you think you are it is not too late for help!

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In His Grace Forever,

Pastor Teddy Awad, CMHP

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