goal of Pastoral Care is to assist people in the process of
growing in their depth of knowledge of God and to mature in
their relationship to Jesus Christ; thus equipping them to be
effective servants in the Kingdom of God. Achieving these goals
occurs through the work of the Holy Spirit by helping people
appropriate His salvation and healing in all areas of their
lives. Reaching these goals also occurs as people understand
their true identity in Christ, and as they integrate and function
in a redemptive manner in a grace filled community.
The journey into
wholeness compliments the discipleship process, helping people
to become unfettered and free from whatever blocks intimacy
with God, and proper relating to others. This means receiving
healing in areas of woundedness, repentance and restoration
in the areas of sinfulness, and growing to be more like Christ
in character and lifestyle.
We seek to help people
come to know and live out from their true identity in Christ
as a man or woman, in essence, living from the heart Jesus gave
them. We therefore point to Jesus Christ as our healer, and
the power of His cross and resurrection as the gateway for restoration
and freedom from our sins and from the effects of the sins of
others. Our ministry purposes to join the Holy Spirit in the
work of Christ's Kingdom in the lives of individuals by binding
up the broken hearted, setting captives free, and restoring
sight to the blind (Luke 4:18, 19).
will occur most effectively in the context of the Kingdom of
God. In this context, healing occurs through a variety of experiences
such as worship, prayer, fellowship, service, discipleship,
and Scripture study. Pastoral Care and Christian counseling
are only a few of a variety of potentially healing and discipleship
experiences available to the one seeking wholeness. All healing
and discipleship experiences are woven into the fabric of Christian
life by the power of the Holy Spirit and in accordance with
the truth of Scripture.
We also seek to
provide healing, training and equipping of ministry leaders,
both within Maple Ridge Community Church and in the church at
large. Our desire is to raise up leaders to run a variety of
programs aimed at healing, restoration, and the development
of Christlike character.