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Dear Friends,

Addiction, loss, physical and mental illness, infidelity, domestic violence, and fractured families are a reality not only outside the church walls, but inside as well. Too often, the church has abdicated its role, or worse, has caused additional wounding by failing to care for members thoughtfully and intentionally.

Six years ago, while serving on the pastoral care staff of Oak Mountain Presbyterian Church, I developed a program of pastoral care to assist our staff and elders as they minister to members in crisis. Our “Restoration Care Program” aims to:

~ reach members before severe crisis and potential need for church discipline arises

~ employ a team approach that reduces work load for staff and elders by equipping members to minister to one another

~ work collaboratively with Christian mental health professionals

We are excited to announce that Restore Ministries will now be offering this training and materials to other churches who are in need of a clear and thoughtful approach to pastoral care. On Tuesday, August 27th from 7-8:30 pm we will host an informational meeting at Oak Mountain Presbyterian Church. Please help us get the word out by forwarding this email to anyone at your church (staff, officers etc) that you think may be interested in either beginning or augmenting an existing pastoral care program. Better yet… come along with them and learn how you can help bring Restoration Care to your church! Click here to RSVP and find out further updates. Hope to see you (and a pack of your friends) there!

Julie Sparkman

For any further questions please contact D’Anna Lundstrom, Restoration Care Coordinator.

danna@restore-ministries.org

205-482-4132

Restoration Care is a ministry of Restore Ministries www.restore-ministries.org

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