Local Ministry: A Cord of Three Strands

How do we strengthen our local ministry efforts? By weaving together missional ministry, pastoral care, and spiritual practices. I’m sure most of us wouldn’t immediately think of a gym as a form of local ministry or as an example of pastoral care. But in South Seattle, Rainier Health and Fitness grew out of a ministry commitment by Emerald City Bible Fellowship (ECBF). Fifteen years ago, ECBF’s leaders and members decided to pay attention to the needs in their neighborhood and to pray about how they could meet some of those needs. One of their first observations was that in their...

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