|Subject: To our Colleagues in Personnel|
|Date: 3/6/2012 11:05 PM|
March 6, 2012
To our Colleagues in Personnel...
1) This monthly "resource tool" is designed to provide encouragement for personnel workers in ministry-related areas. If you would like to be removed from the list (or a friend would like to be added), please let me know... firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
2) Link Care's Program of Restoration and Personal Growth: If we may come alongside and consult (no cost) or help by providing counseling services, don't hesitate to contact us. You might check the web site, http://www.linkcare.org/restoration.
3) Next Year's Conference, "Building Skills for Member Care with Excellence," will be January 7-11, 2013. Save the dates...
4) Focus for this month: Decisions we in personnel face regarding returning the wounded leaders to active service. Hopefully, the suggestions below will help as God's will is sought regarding a return to ministry.
Have a good month.
Ken Royer, for your Link Care Friends
1734 W. Shaw Ave; Fresno, CA 93711
559 439 5920 ext. 122
Markers of Healing for the Returning Christian Leader . . .
. . . Something to Think About
One of my favorite verses in the Old Testament is Jonah 3:2, "And the word of the Lord came unto Jonah the second time, saying..."
Wow! Thank You Lord for Your patience with Jonah, Peter, and well, with us too!
Carrying personnel responsibilities, we often are faced with difficult questions... when to bring a person home for help ... and when to permit that person to return to the field. We seek to follow the directions in Galatians 6:1 ff. What might be the next steps?
Hopefully the following "markers of healing" will provide suggestions of what to look for as decisions on returning to the field are faced.
1) Has there been recovery from the problem?
Spiritual: confession, renunciation, assurance of forgiveness, rebuilding of trust with offended parties, demonstration of bearing fruit once again? Is an accountability structure in place?
Personal: Sense of "victory" over the problem, restoration of family, friends, supporters, spoken well of by those having been offended?
Emotional: Stumbling blocks addressed with a plan and commitment to "not go down that road again," past wounds dealt with so as not to have the same degree of vulnerability?
2) Do the leaders of the church / mission agency affirm his / her readiness to return to ministry?
3) Does this person meet the requirements of a Christian leader as outlined in I Timothy 3 and Titus 1?
These are a few quick ideas, which I hope may be helpful as decisions are prayerfully considered.
Ken Royer for your Link Care Friends