5 Ways Our Faith Informs Our Social Work…

  1. Gospel-hope keeps us going. Let’s face it, sometimes when working with people in crisis, transition or struggling it is hard to not get discouraged.  Christ’s victory over sin and death gives us hope to persevere, ultimately the battle is won!  (1 Corinthians 1:18; 15:56-57)
  2. God affirms imago Dei in each person. It is one thing to look at someone with dignity and respect, I think it is a whole other thing to look at them knowing they are precious and honored in the sight of our Heavenly Father, and they bear the image of God regardless of the present distortion.  (Genesis 1:27; 5:1-3; 9:6)
  3. The Holy Spirit empowers our work. We do not work alone!!  The Holy Spirit not only accompanies us though, but helps us when we are weak, weary and searching for wisdom.  (Romans 8:26; Ephesians 3:16)
  4. We get to offer the Life and the Truth. In a profession of hard conversations and confusion, we have the opportunity to offer a cup of cold water filled with Scriptural Truth that leads to Life.  (Matthew 10:42; John 8:32)
  5. We are ministered to by the perfect shepherd, Jesus Christ. As we sit with people in their pain or crisis, we have the perfect example in Jesus Christ of someone who sought us out in our own pain and crisis and bad choices and ministered to us with forgiveness, comfort and grace.  (Psalm 23; John 15; 2 Corinthians 1:3-7)

Any other ideas you have?  How does your faith inform your social work or ministry to people in crisis?  Feel free to comment below I would love to hear your thoughts and ideas!

(I have chosen in this post to use the term “social work,” though do know that “work with the vulnerable” or merely the term “ministry” could be inserted here with a very similar meaning.)

(All views expressed in this blog are solely those of myself, Bridget.  I do not speak for my family, my workplace, my church, my denomination, or for God.  Names and identifying features of people in the stories of this blog have been changed to protect their privacy and confidentiality.)