Healing Ministry Team of Maple Ridge Community Church is an
outgrowth of the stated purpose of the church, "…to be a living,
life-giving expression of His redemptive presence in our community
and the world…" Based on Christ's own ministry, we believe that
God intends for us to be whole in body, soul, and spirit. Thus,
the primary function of the Healing Ministry Team is to pray
for healing in any area of a person's life that may be causing
pain, whether it is spiritual, emotional, relational, or physical.
mission of Maple Ridge Community Church's Healing Ministry Team
is to make ourselves available to be used by the Holy Spirit
to bring wholeness to those whom Jesus loves -- both those within
Maple Ridge and those outside the church (Matthew 10:7-8).
We believe that
the greatest healing happens in community. Every member at Maple
Ridge is a minister, and as such, we all have a responsibility
for warmly welcoming the newcomer and for enfolding into the
life of the church those who are new to the fellowship. These
two aspects of ministry, welcoming and assimilating, are vital
parts of the overall ministry of healing.
Healing Ministry Team members are available to pray for any need brought to us.
Anyone -- member or visitor -- is welcome to request prayer for any need. "If
you have a problem that God can help with, we can pray for it."
These sessions will include a short interview, so that the seeker
can explain the need to the team member. Typically, it takes
ten to twenty minutes to receive prayer in this setting.
for On-Going Situations
Sometimes, when one is working through a difficult situation,
repeated prayer sessions are helpful. Upon request, the Healing
Ministry Team will assign two or three members to meet with
an individual facing such a situation. Typically, they meet
for about an hour, weekly or bi-weekly, for a total of six sessions,
at a place and time that are mutually convenient for those involved.
We make house calls, and we have done hospital visits.
Jesus healed in every town where He preached the Good
News of the Kingdom. Following His example and His explicit
instructions (Matthew 10:7-8 and Mark 16: 15-18), the Healing
Ministry Team participates in all organized outreach activities
of Maple Ridge Community Church.
We believe that healing
is a part of God's Kingdom, that it is provided for in the redemptive
work of the Lord Jesus Christ, and that we are commissioned
by Him to be actively engaged in healing ministry, empowered
and gifted by the Holy Spirit. We recognize that healing is
only one of the ministries necessary to establish the Kingdom
of God in the world. We believe, however, that healing should
be involved in all areas of the ministry of the church. Therefore,
as the Healing Ministry Team of Maple Ridge Community Church,
we actively support and participate in the entire spectrum of
ministry at Maple Ridge.
Healing is a power
ministry. By this we mean that no healing takes place by
our efforts, but only if the power of God is present
to do the healing. It is the work of the Holy Spirit, doing
the will of the Father that heals the physical, emotional, and/or
spiritual illness. We have been called to be the agents of God,
to be the conduit through which the requests for healing are
sent to the Father, and His loving response is returned. Many
words can be used to describe this function: healer, intercessor,
mediator, paraclete, advocate. When God, in His wisdom, chooses
to heal in what we consider a miraculous way, a power encounter
takes place between Him and whoever is being healed. The important
thing to remember is that it is His power and His healing
that is taking place. Although we are involved in it, it has
nothing to do with us except whether or not we have obeyed the
commission that God has given us to pray for the sick.