One of those reasons is that this world is so terribly broken, so lost, so utterly lacking in hope without God, that it can be overwhelming.
As Christians, all of us know people who are hurting, struggling, suffering, and overwhelmed with the issues of life. All of us could immediately create a list of people we know who need help.
Many of us know tired, overwhelmed, and struggling pastors who need encouragement, support, and even counseling.
And we all know of churches that are missing the mark missionally, and need help to once again (or for the first time ever) to become healthy, disciple-making churches.
We all know of these real, significant, and pervasive needs, but what is being done about them in any kind of substantive way?
Let me share with you what I'm doing about it, and something specific that you can do about it. First, allow me to share this story as told by pastor Bryan Wilkerson:
"Taylor University is a Christian college in Indiana. Years ago, they were pleased to learn that an African student, Sam, was going to be enrolling in their school. This was before it was commonplace for international students to come to the U.S. to study. Sam was a bright young man with great promise, and the school felt honored to have him. When he arrived on campus, the President of the university took him on a tour, including showing him all the student dorms. When the tour was over, the President asked Sam where he would like to live. The young man replied, 'If there is a room that no one wants, give that room to me.'
"The President turned away in tears.
"Over the years he had welcomed thousands of young men and women to the campus, and none had ever made such a request.
"'If there is a room that no one wants, give that room to me.' That's the kind of meekness Jesus talks about in the Beatitudes ...
"If there is a job no one wants to do, I'll do that job ...
"If there's a kid no one wants to eat lunch with, I'll eat with that kid ...
"If there's a piece of toast that's burned, I'll take that piece ...
"If there's a parking space far away from the church, I'll park in that space ...
"If there's a service time that's less convenient for people, I'll worship at that service ...
"If there's a hardship someone has to endure, I'll take that hardship ...
"If there's a sacrifice someone needs to make, I'll make that sacrifice."
As I learned about Sam's example, it reminded me of Isaiah's response to the Lord ...
"Then I heard the Lord asking, 'Whom shall I send as a messenger to this people? Who will go for us?' I said, 'Here I am. Send me'," Isaiah 6:8.
Just as Sam was humble enough to take up what others didn't want, and Isaiah was willing to step into being part of the solution God wanted to provide through a messenger, the question rises today of who will care for the hurting and who will help the broken? Who will support and serve battle-weary pastors? Who will help dying churches revive?
I'm grateful that there are many out there who are doing what they can, both in big and little ways. I'm deeply grateful God has used my ministry as a pastor to help some churches, to bring many to Christ, and to help thousands through a counseling ministry.
But times are especially tough, and the need for help is greater than ever.
As for me, I've committed myself to a more determined fight.
I have a great passion for the church, which is why it was difficult for me at first to fully see a new vision of ministry God was redirecting me to recently. That vision is a means to be able to help thousands more people become whole persons in Christ through comprehensive clinical counseling and advanced coaching, to support scores of pastors through Pastor Care services, and provide consulting to help churches become effective disciple-making churches. These are areas I've been serving in close to three decades now, but this new ministry --- the Scott Free Clinic --- is a means of removing the barrier of cost and unleashing the help and ministry so many need.
Personally, I'm committing myself to a bigger, bolder, greater, and more determined fight as I focus on how I can pour out my life for Christ in a greater way to help meet some of the myriad needs. I'm deeply grateful for four other men and two women who have joined this fight with me and serve as the Board of Directors for the Scott Free Clinic.
But to make this happen, we need your help! We need men and women who want to join in this fight to obliterate the barrier cost creates to getting help, and help us be able to provide this ministry so that thousands can change their lives through Christ, and to his glory.
We need men and women who are willing to make a more determined fight to help others through their prayer support and through their financial support. If you would like to join us in a more determined fight to help those who need help, then you may want to view the video below, which provides details about the ministry, as well as a couple of testimonials about lives that have already been changed. Beneath that are specific details about the ministry contained in the video but captured here for ease of access for you.
Step into this fight with us!
Let's be used by God in a more determined way to change lives!
Thank you, and may God bless you richly!
Dr. James Scott, Jr.
Founder and COO of the Scott Free Clinic
The Scott Free Clinic is an independent, non-profit parachurch ministry currently in developmental stages. To support the ability for this new parachurch ministry to be able to move beyond its developmental stage, Hope Christian Church in Fairfield, CA is willing to serve temporarily as a Fiscal Sponsor so this new ministry can receive TAX DEDUCTIBLE donations from sources who are interested in supporting the vision and mission of Scott Free Clinic.
Ministry vision ...
The Scott Free Clinic will be an independent, non-profit parachurch ministry formed to provide counseling, coaching, and consulting services to persons and churches internationally (meaning services aren't provided just locally, but also regionally, nationally, and internationally), without the barrier of cost, so that lives and churches will be changed through Christ, for the glory of God.
Ministry mission ...
Helping people become whole persons in Christ, and churches to become effective disciple-making churches.
Service offerings ...
- Comprehensive clinical pastoral counseling.
- Advanced coaching.
- Couple Communication Training.
- Fitness consulting.
- Pastor Care (counseling for vocational and bi-vocational ministers).
- Church consulting (especially in providing training in equipping people to share the Gospel).
Hope Christian Church
149 Grobric Court
Fairfield, CA 94534
IMPORTANT: All checks should be made payable to "Hope Christian Church" and please notate on the memo portion of the check "Scott Free Clinic" so those funds will be designated only for the Scott Free Clinic. Additionally, you can give online at Hope's website at the following link http://bit.ly/M0gsxW (click on the "Donations" tab, and make sure to designate any gifts to "Scott Free Clinic"). All donations are tax deductible.Here are some other ways you can help us gain the resources to turn this ministry vision into a life-changing reality:
- Pray for this ministry daily and encourage others to pray for the ministry of Scott Free Clinic.
- Share this blog post with as many people as you can, both personally and professionally.
- Post the news of this ministry on your own blog site.
- Connect others to my Twitter and Facebook accounts (see information below).
- Personally tell others about this ministry and encourage their support.
- Share this information with your church and send it to your church leaders.
- Become a "support bundler." We are looking for some who have a strong support of this ministry to help us by "bundling" giving by using their personal and professional connections to help us raise funds to launch this ministry. We especially could benefit from Christian business men and women who contribute significantly to vital Christian ministry.
Dr. James Scott, Jr.
P.O. Box 99915
San Diego, CA 92169
Once the funds are available for this ministry to launch services, ANYONE will be welcome to come and get the help they need! That includes you, your family, your friends, your co-workers, your church family, your pastor ... anyone! All without the barrier of cost! I invite YOU to join me in this journey of helping to changes lives and churches, all for the glory of God!