Reach – Fourth Step of The Caring Church Response
It all comes back to telling people about Jesus. The Caring Church Response and all of Hope Made Strong's resources align with the ultimate purpose of making disciples. That is what our mission as Christians is. Each day we are to become more like Christ...
Resource – Third Step of The Caring Church Response
15 years ago, when I first started my career as a social worker, I was bright-eyed and bushy-tailed, ready to make a difference. I wanted to impact my community for change and help people overcome struggles and find freedom. But I was unprepared for the...
Restore – The Second Step of the Caring Church Response
Have you ever taken an extra-long weekend to have a mini-vacation? A quick recharge, but not too long because you have a million things going on. You don’t have time for a full vacation, but you know you need a break. I did this last week and the evening...
Recognize – The First Step of The Caring Church Response
The Caring Church Response is the step-by-step process that Hope Made Strong walks churches through to build a sustainable and effective care program. It builds on the strengths of the church, meets the community’s needs, and aligns with the unique mission of...
How to support Change
Frustrated at hearing people complain or say they need to change but never follow through? The stages of change model is helpful in understanding how people go through change and how you as a support can help them.
4 Steps to quit smoking
Most people I know want to quit smoking. That means that an estimated 34 million adults in America have either thought of quitting or tried and failed. But most people don’t realize that nicotine is just as hard, or even harder, to quit than heroin. So it’s no...
Are you being a supporter or a saviour?
As caregivers, we can tend overreach and try to help everyone. But we are to be supporters, not saviours. Supporting someone is walking alongside them as they journey through their life.
As caregivers, we can’t save anyone.
7 signs of addiction – Are you addicted to your phone?
It’s no surprise 44% of Americans say they couldn’t go a day without their cell phone. But the question is, are we addicted? In this video I identify 7 signs of addiction. These 7 things can also be applied to any other behavior addiction (shopping, pornography, gambling, gaming or food)
A Discussion about How To Handle Addiction
https://youtu.be/DhRM9CnHh3E Each substance or behavior has its own signs and symptoms of addiction. When you are experiencing addiction, you are drawn to the substance because you are avoiding the bad. The bad could be loneliness, negative thoughts, anxious...
Church, this is our time to look outside of our walls
During this time of social distancing, the Church is in an incredible position to help the vulnerable and support those struggling in isolation. Let this shift be more radical than going from physical walls to digital walls. Let’s open our eyes and hearts to their needs… not just our own.