Gospel Care At The Orchard
At The Orchard, we believe that the Gospel of Jesus Christ is especially good news for those who find themselves in the midst of a personal or relationship crisis. The pain, or shame or powerless that they experience can seem overwhelming, but Jesus is greater than our pain; He is greater than our shame; and He is powerful when we are powerless.
The goal of Gospel Care at The Orchard is to provide a process for healing and transformation. We affirm that Jesus is the Great Physician, and the church should be the hospital where the Physician does His work. A clearly defined process is often the beginning of hope that healing can actually happen.
The process looks like this:
- The person in need shares with their Campus Pastor, Pastor of Congregational Life, LIFE Group leader or Women’s Ministry Director (Note: This is usually the hardest part – admitting that we do not have it all together). Jesus did not come for those who are well. He came for those who are sick, to bring sinners to repentance (Luke 5:31-32).
- An assessment is done jointly by the Campus Pastor, Pastor of Congregational Life, and/or Women’s Ministry Director and a plan is defined.
- The plan may include any of the following:A feedback loop is established between the Gospel Care provider, Celebrate Recovery sponsor, counselor and the Campus Pastor/Pastor of Congregational Life, so that we know that the individual is being cared-for emotionally, physically and spiritually.
- One-on-one time with a designated Gospel-Care provider (or couple).
- Participation in Celebrate Recovery.
- Meeting with a Christian counselor who has been approved by The Orchard.
At The Orchard, this is how we see the body of Christ ministering to each other. Honesty, cooperation and trust are the keys to deep relationships, and the healing that God intends often comes through these deep relationships in the context of faithful preaching of God’s word and joyful worship by God’s people.