This article is intended to clarify your goals as a response team, to prepare your team with general relational expectations as you seek to make meaningful connections, and to highlight the focus on one's own presentation and spiritual growth. You might start with this document to help you form your response team while considering the potential of relational impact.
Our hope is that churches prioritize their obedience to God and ensure they strive to build healthy relationships by being the best reflection of Christ as possible. Being mindful of how a church responder presents and valuing the family's authority and autonomy, helps to increase the occurrence and success of long-term relationships. This document is an additional resource that encourages your response team to explore one's motives, fears, and anxieties about going deeper into relationship with the families served.
These videos will provide some thought and guidance as you seek to not only serve families, but to protect a family's dignity as you serve. Remember- it not only matters that we do this, it also matters how we do this!
Included in This Article
- Part 1: Clarifying Your Own Intentions & Recognizing Trauma
- Part 2: What Prepares You for the "Messy Middle" & Why it's Often Messy
- Part 3: How Does the Mess Unfold & Who's in the Middle of the Mess
Part 1: Clarifying Your Own Intentions & Recognizing Trauma
Part 2: What Prepares You for the "Messy Middle" & Why it's Often Messy