Showing posts with label Ministry. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Ministry. Show all posts

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

How to change someone's life ...

I hope the headline for this blog post captured your attention and genuinely interested you. Changing lives, whether yours or someone else's, is utterly essential.

So how do you do it? How do you change someone's life?

Introduce them to Jesus Christ.

That's it?

Yes, that's it.

You see, Jesus Christ is the Creator, everything was made by Him and for Him (Col. 1:15-16), and that "everything" includes you and me. He designed us for a purpose and it is only through Him that we can be whole and complete, that we can have life and life to its fullest (John 10:10). You might be able to moderate or even fix some of the circumstances you face in life, but in order to be transformed from someone who is spiritually dead to someone who has real life, you must surrender your entire life to Jesus.

And here's the big deal: everyone has sinned, and that means we're all spiritually dead. Every single one of us needs to be made alive, a whole new person, through Jesus Christ.

I share that because it's understanding this basic truth of the human condition that has led to the design of services that will make up the Scott Free Clinic when we are able to launch this ministry. It is our view that science is a gift from God, and that includes psychology. There is much that a competent, Christian clinical counselor can do to help bring significant change to the lives of his or her clients. But if you don't view your clients as being spiritual beings, and serve them from a holistic approach of mind, spirit, and body, you'll largely minister more to symptoms than to root causes. You may assist some surface level changes, but you won't see transformation that only Christ Himself can bring.

Therefore, part of our ministry is designed to consult with churches to help them become disciple-making churches, and specifically to train disciples of Christ to be able to competently and confidently share the Gospel with non-believers.

We're committed to helping Christians be able to share the Good News of Jesus so that lives can be fully transformed, fully changed through Christ, for the glory of God. Seeing lives changed is what is at the heart of this ministry, and by equipping believers to share the Gospel we can multiply the number of lives that will be transformed.

That doesn't mean we won't offer comprehensive counseling services. Quite the opposite, as such clinical services will comprise much of what we offer. We have churches full of Christians who are still hurting and need help. Those churches are in communities full of people who are lost, broken, hurting, and in need of help. We intend to offer that help both clinically and spiritually, and to help you be able to serve others who are broken and hurting and in need of help.

Do you know how to share the Gospel in a comprehensive, yet concise and effective way? If not, stay tuned to what we will be offering in evangelism training in different locations and via technology. And as we move this ministry forward, we'll invite you to let us know of your interest in being equipped personally, as well as opportunities to help your churches become disciple-making churches.

Together we can see many lives transformed as we partner together to introduce people to Jesus Christ! Pray with us as we move in that direction, there's exciting life-changing times ahead!

Dr. James Scott, Jr.
Founder & President, Scott Free Clinic


Monday, August 25, 2014

Depression is not the boogeyman ...

There was a huge response to the recent tragic death of comedian Robin Williams. From that sad event came a deluge of discussions across media sources (social and otherwise) about the reality and severity of depression.

It was good that we had some honest and brutally vulnerable discussions about depression and other such maladies so many face today. I purposely waited for some of the discussion to die down so that some of the raw emotion involved could have time to abate. Now that it has, let me offer a word of encouragement:

Depression is not the boogeyman.

What I mean by that is ... yes, depression and other issues are very real, and as painful and harsh as so many volunteered to describe from their personal experiences, but there's some good news out there regarding facing such issues. That good news is that competent counselors routinely have great success helping clients deal with and/or overcome such issues. There is a hefty volume of reputable research showing that cognitive-behavioral therapy and other treatments available through competent therapists can have a dramatically positive impact on the lives of people who suffer from depression, anxiety, stress, PTSD, and other issues.

I waited for some of the discussion to die down because there was a lot of open emotion being communicated, and I appreciate how that has helped others understand the pain and difficulty so many have, and do, experience in their struggles with depression and other problems. But the good news is that you can get help for these issues, and more often than not, that help usually renders very good results for those who really want to experience change. It isn't easy, and it requires very real work by those who are willing to engage a competent counselor, but I want to encourage you that there is much that can be done to change and radically improve lives.

But we don't often hear about that!

Instead, depression and other issues are more often described as being the "boogeyman" who pursues and ravages lives without any hope of rescue. We hear the horror stories, but we don't hear about how most of these experiences could be avoided with competent, professional help. The onslaught of tragic stories told one after another after another are terrible, but the truth is, it doesn't have to be that way!

If that's true, why don't we hear more stories about changed lives? There are a couple of reasons.

First, many who struggle with depression, anxiety, PTSD, and other issues often don't seek out professional help, for various reasons. Sometimes when they do, they connect with therapists who are not competent, and such experiences can be both negative and detrimental.

The other reason is that so many facing these issues cannot afford to access professional help. Resolving that issue is more than a social and cultural discussion, it is a personal one as well. Let me give you a brutally frank example. In almost three decades of clinical counseling, I've had very good success at helping my clients overcome a host of issues, including depression. To maximize access to such care, I have been working on raising the necessary funding for the Scott Free Clinic, a new ministry which will provide competent care without the barrier of cost ... in other words, free services for everyone. The response to the vision and mission of this ministry has been massive ... as far as people wanting services or pastors needing to refer people for professional help. But so far we've had a real failure in getting people to think, "Hey, I can donate toward making this happen." We want the services, but not many are yet willing to contribute in any significant way to make such vital resources available to the public. I'm not going to use this issue as a commercial for the Scott Free Clinic; if you'd like to learn more about it, or how you could help, you can watch our video here http://youtu.be/xTD7VlVfay0.

Tragic stories like that of Robin Williams should motivate us to communicate, loudly and broadly, that there is help for the hurting, and that we implore you to get the help you need! You do not have to suffer in silence. You do not have to hurt alone. And you do not have to be hopeless. There is real help available IF you're willing to pursue it AND if you're willing to do the work you will have to do to become an overcomer and be set free from your suffering.

Such stories should also challenge the rest of us who don't personally struggle with such issues to have enough compassion on those who do to help make available to them the professional help needed to see lives changed and set free. That means digging deep into our pockets. It might even mean tapping into our savings. It should mean doing something if you're able, and there are many ways you can help those in need to gain access to the professional services that could change their lives.

Isn't it time we change the discussion to what we're willing to do to change things so that we're hearing more and more stories of transformed lives and fewer stories of personal tragedy? If competent professional help really makes a radical difference in lives --- and the research shows it does --- then why don't we work together in making that help available to the masses?

Scotty

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Let this tragedy motivate you to act to help others ...

As a kid, I wasn't quite sure what to think of Mork from Ork. Part of me thought the TV alien played by comedian Robin Williams was funny, and part me thought he was a little weird ... but I watched the show regularly.

And yes, like so many others, I was weird enough to parrot the phrase, "Nanu nanu!" while making the corresponding hand gesture.

My initial impression of this energetic man would be somewhat of a lasting impression over the years as I watched Williams in different performances, of which his role in "Dead Poet's Society" remains one of my favorites.

Williams loved to  make people laugh, but we're not laughing today.

Instead, millions are mourning the early demise of the man who made us laugh, but couldn't find enough to laugh about in his own life; instead, he lost an ugly battle with depression that resulted in him taking his own life.

So many of you who laughed at the hilarity of Williams' characters can also relate to the depression the man suffered from because you struggle with it yourself. You know the pain of depression personally. Williams was fortunate enough to be able to get help for the different maladies he struggled with in life, but the average person cannot afford to get the same kind of help.

It's time we change that!

It's time that we do more than continue to just mourn the loss of person after person who lose battles they could win if they just had the help they need. It's time that we join together to help people --- perhaps people just like yourselves! --- who need some help to not only get through the day, but to get through life well, healthy, happy, but especially, to get through life whole!

That is both the mission and vision of the Scott Free Clinic --- to remove the barrier of cost so that ANYONE can have access to competent, quality clinical counseling, advanced coaching, couple communication training, fitness consulting, Pastor Care, and consulting with churches. All of these FREE services are designed to help change lives, support pastors, and improve churches so that lives can be changed by the thousands! This ministry not only reaches out locally, but serves people, pastors, and churches regionally, nationally, and internationally.

Even though this ministry is still in its developmental stage, last month we had the opportunity to step into the lives of three people whose lives were spiraling out of control and had become suicidal. Fortunately, they asked for help and we were able to provide it. But many, many more people have also asked for help and are just waiting for us to be able to provide help for them. To be able to offer the needed services, all we need are the financial resources to fully launch this ministry. Once those are in place, we will be able to offer these critical services to anyone without cost.

Could you help us with a donation toward our being able to launch this ministry? Could you donate $5, $10, $25, $100, or even more? The cost to launch and operate this ministry is significant; any amount offered is a great help, but we also need men and women, churches and businesses, who can dig deep and make large contributions toward launching this vital ministry.

All donations to the Scott Free Clinic are fully tax deductible. If you would like to join us in helping to change lives, you can give either online or by mailing a check. If you would like to give online, you can do so through our Fiscal Sponsor, Hope Christian Church, at the church website here www.hopechristianchurch.net. Just click on the "Donations" tab near the top right of the website, fill out the information and make sure to write on the "designations" box "Scott Free Clinic" and your donation will go to this ministry. You can also donate by mailing a check made payable to Hope Christian Church, and please write on the memo portion of your check "Scott Free Clinic" to designate the donation toward this ministry. The check can be mailed to:

Hope Christian Church
149 Grobric Court
Fairfield, Ca. 94534
You can learn more about this ministry by viewing our video, which includes a couple of real life stories about changed lives, at this link http://youtu.be/xTD7VlVfay0 (one change regarding the content in the video is that our ministry headquarters is now based out of Oregon rather than California).
By joining in supporting this ministry, you help make available to the hurting and those losing hope a much needed resource for help. It WILL make a difference in many lives!
Thank you for both your prayers and your financial support!
Dr. James Scott, Jr.
Founder & President, Scott Free Clinic

Monday, August 11, 2014

I can't believe it happened ... literally!

It finally happened.

Today, as a matter of fact.

You might even want to note today's date in your calendar.

I have, for years, joked about how some people want to evangelize just by the process of "spiritual osmosis," that our presence among non-believers will be enough for them to receive the Gospel and they could discover Christ that way alone. Well, today I read a blog that promoted the idea of evangelism by osmosis!

I. Kid. You. Not!

Folks, it just doesn't work that way!

In fact, a lot of evangelistic efforts we try are not effective. The most embraced method is "relationship evangelism," the idea being that we create relationships with people who don't know Christ, and then from that platform of friendship we share the Gospel with those people. Now that we've tried that method for a long time, we see it hasn't been effective. That's because we either fail to get out there and make relationships, or if we actually make those new connections, we continue to fail at sharing the Gospel with our new friends.

Another very popular method is the idea of inviting people to small groups instead of inviting them directly to church. But we have the same problem of failing to build real relationships, or actually communicate the Gospel, either in the groups or from relationships that are supposed to be developed from small groups. Throughout our country, we have thousands upon thousands of small groups that have been together for years -- even decades! --- and are no more spiritually mature, or biblically literate, than when they began together. Just putting a person in a group with other people does nothing to assure the Gospel will be shared and disciple-making will occur.

There's one way of evangelism, or making new disciples, that we know is highly effective, and that is purposely asking for an opportunity to share the Gospel with someone who doesn't know Christ. When you equip disciples of Jesus Christ with the ability to effectively and concisely share the Good News of Jesus, and then they actively ask for such an opportunity with people who don't know Jesus, many of those people DO accept the offer to learn about Jesus, and many of those who accept such an opportunity also accept God's offer of salvation through His Son.

What do you know, the direct method actually works!

This methodology has been used to reach the lost and make new disciples in churches not only all across this country, but around the world!

It's been a blessing to use this methodology throughout my ministry, and I've helped multiple churches equip their members to be able to do the same. I've watched other churches implement this method with real success, with "success" meaning people surrendering their lives and being baptized into Christ.

When the Scott Free Clinic is able to launch, one of the services that will be offered as part of our church consulting component will be to provide this evangelistic training and help churches become effective disciple-making churches. We can't change lives, but God can, and so part of our commitment at the Scott Free Clinic is to assist the body of Christ in effectively reaching the lost so that lives can be transformed through Christ, for the glory of God. We are already praying about the possibility of providing this training in regions of Oregon, Washington, California, and Texas, as well as internationally in places like the United Kingdom, Europe, and Canada.

If you as an individual, or a church, might be interested in learning more about how the Scott Free Clinic can help you become an effective disciple-making disciple or church, please feel free to contact me, either by commenting on this post, or you can email me at drscottyjr@gmail.com.

Let's work together to change lives, especially by introducing people to Jesus Christ!

Scotty

Saturday, July 19, 2014

A more determined fight ...

There are a few reasons why scripture exhorts us to keep our minds focused on God, His kingdom, and things above, rather than on the world around us.

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



Following is key information shared on the video:

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).
Those who are interested in giving to help make this ministry vision become reality can do so by sending their checks to:

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.
Contact information ...
Mailing address:
Dr. James Scott, Jr.
P.O. Box 51
Farmington, MN 55024

Telephone: 541-861-0779
Twitter: @scottyjws
Facebook: facebook.com/scottyjws

Finally ...
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!

Saturday, June 28, 2014

As the family of God, here's how we can do something extraordinary together ...

Professor and former seminary president, Haddon Robinson, wrote the following:

"One grasshopper seems insignificant as it leaps across a field. But when it joins forces with other grasshoppers, the resulting swarm can soon devour all the vegetation in its path.

"Grasshoppers demonstrate the power of working together for a common cause. What they cannot do individually, they are able to accomplish together. In the Old Testament book of Proverbs, the wise man Agur observed, 'The locusts have no king, yet they all advance in ranks' (30:27).

"We can learn a lesson from these little creatures. Followers of Christ can make far greater advances for Him when they act and pray together than they could ever make alone. When Christians are united in serving the Lord, they can become a mighty force for God in fulfilling His purposes for the church.

"Although the New Testament urges us to possess a personal faith in Jesus Christ, it says nothing at all about a private faith. We need other believers, and other believers need us (Hebrews 10:24-25)."

Indeed, Hebrews 10:24 says, "Let us think of ways to motivate one another to acts of love and good works."

I share the above because I want to motivate you to an act of love and good works that you and I can accomplish only if we work together. That work is providing people who need help with the help they need, and the means of making that possible is through an exciting new ministry called the Scott Free Clinic.

Following is a video that provides the vision and details about this ministry, including a couple stories about real lives that have already been changed through the counseling we have offered in the past, and below the video are key details captured from the video for you to consider.

The Scott Free Clinic can be a means of God's people coming together for God to change thousands of lives, support pastors, and help improve churches locally, regionally, nationally, and internationally. But we cannot do this vital work without YOU!. We have a LOT of people just waiting for these services to become available, and many people are praying for this ministry. What we need now are men and women of God who will support this ministry as sponsors so that we can provide people with the help they need.

I ask that you please take the time to view the video and/or read the information below, and prayerfully consider becoming a sponsor of this ministry. Whether you give a one-time donation, or give monthly, quarterly, bi-annually, annually, or randomly, any amount you can provide WILL be a great blessing to this ministry in its commitment to be used by God to change lives, support pastors, and improve churches. If you have any questions about this ministry, please contact me (my contact information is provided below).

Thank you, and God bless you!

Dr. James Scott, Jr.
Founder & President
Scott Free Clinic



Following is key information shared on the video:

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).
Those who are interested in giving to help make this ministry vision become reality can do so by sending their checks to:

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.
Contact information ...
Mailing address:
Dr. James Scott, Jr.
P.O. Box 51
Farmington, MN 55024

Telephone: 541-861-0779
Twitter: @scottyjws
Facebook: facebook.com/scottyjws

Finally ...
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!

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

YOU can help change more lives than you think ...

Imagine a group of strong, brave, compassionate men and women standing on the corner of Anytown, USA. They're the men and women who showed up to be the doctors and nurses for a hospital in Anytown. The problem is, there's no hospital. No building, no patient rooms, no equipment, medicine, or care because there aren't any resources for any of that. There's just a highly competent team ready and willing to serve.

Lives can't be changed unless resources are provided to change that scenario.

That's the situation that I and the Board of Directors for the Scott Free Clinic find ourselves in. We've showed up, we're ready to roll out services to help people, pastors, and churches. People are praying for us. Many have already asked for our help. We just don't have any resources to offer the help we're capable of offering. Can you help us gain that support? If not directly, can you share our vision of ministry with others who may be able to help?

Let me share with you the details of this ministry so you can better understand how you can be directly involved in changing lives. The video below chronicles our mission and vision, as well as shares real life stories from people who have had their lives impacted by the ministry we're ready to provide. At the end of the video is information about how you can become involved ...



Following is key information shared on the video:

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 that 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).
Those who are interested in giving to help make this ministry vision become reality can do so by sending their checks to:

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.
Contact information ...
Mailing address:
Dr. James Scott, Jr.
P.O. Box 51
Farmington, MN 55024

Telephone:541-861-0779
Twitter: @scottyjws
Facebook: facebook.com/scottyjws

Finally ...
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!

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

If you really want to get it right, do this ...

Have you noticed that we have vastly overdone this whole "rethinking" bit?

It seems to be a favorite activity of church leaders to "rethink" key biblical concepts. Not only do you see this being done, but leaders talk and write about it all the time ...

... "rethinking church" ...

... "rethinking leadership" ...

... "rethinking discipleship" ...

... "rethinking service ..."

... "rethinking ministry" ...

... and on goes the list.

The only time I've seen much of this "rethinking" to be very effective is when leaders begin to rethink what they've done from their rethinking and decide maybe scripture was right all along.

If you really want to get it right, open your Bible and follow the examples supplied there. God doesn't need you to rethink His ways, you just need to follow them.

Scotty

Monday, June 9, 2014

Do something!

Rarely is there a day that goes by that we --- yes, you and me --- aren't talking about what's wrong with our world.

The big problem with this broken world is so many broken people, so many people who need help but don't get the help they need simply because they cannot afford it.

What are you doing about all those people who need help, other than talking about it? "Raising awareness" has a limited value when real help is what is needed.

Most of us will only talk about broken people and won't do anything to help them. But there is a way you can have a dramatic impact on the lives of thousands of people who need help. I invite you to watch the video below and consider partnering with the Scott Free Clinic (an international, independent, parachurch ministry) to make a difference in the lives of people who need help.

Thank you!

Scotty


Monday, June 2, 2014

The important thing about leadership they didn't teach you in seminary - Part 2

After one of the most challenging, exhausting, and rewarding experiences of your life --- those years of study in seminary --- you would think they would have covered all the important stuff to equip you for ministry.

Well, there's some things they skipped over.

In Part 1 of  "The important about leadership they didn't teach you in seminary ...," we looked at how serving and leading others will always result in push-back and tension. Today, let's take a look at another very important item you probably didn't hear anything about in seminary.

One of your greatest challenges as a minister will be this: Throughout your ministry, people inside and outside the church who come to you for counsel will pressure you to "bless" their sin. And sadly, many pastors will fail these people by giving it to them.

Last week I had a long conversation with a pastor who has been in vocational ministry for many years. One thing he wrestles with is when married couples come to him with a marriage that is tragically torn and tattered, and the couple tells him the only answer they see is divorce. They seem set on pursuing that course. As he related, it can be very easy for him to engage emotionally with them and agree that the two going their separate ways appears to make sense; they don't demonstrate any love for each other, and they've reached a point where they don't even like each other. But there's no adultery, no non-believer leaving a believer, just two believers who are failing miserably in their marriage. They want him to tell them it's okay for them to divorce, and he's tempted to do so.

Other examples include the church member who tells his pastor of a stupid decision he made that now could send him to prison if he tells the truth about it. But chances look good that if he doesn't tell the truth, he'll get away with it this one time. He's exhibiting remorse for making a terrible decision, and swears he would never do anything like this ever again. He wants his pastor to tell him it's okay to lie, and the pastor is tempted to think it would be beneficial if he did, after all, what would happen to his wife and children if he winds up in prison?

These are just two of many, many ways in which pastors will be tempted to buy the lie offered long ago when humankind's obedience to God was first challenged. It comes with a church member or seeker asking them, "Did God really say ...?"

There's your challenge.

Will you stand with God and answer, "Yes, He did!" Or will you offer a wink and a nod, the equivalent of you giving your blessing to their sin?

These moments will be some of the toughest in your ministry life, and they will have a defining affect on your ministry. Because of that, that's why Paul emphasized the following to Timothy ...

"Timothy, my dear son, be strong through the grace that God gives you in Christ Jesus. You have heard me teach things that have been confirmed by many reliable witnesses. Now teach these truths to other trustworthy people who will be able to pass them on to others," 2 Timothy 2:1-2.

To be trusted with the Word of God isn't just teaching it correctly from a pulpit or in front of a group, but also living it faithfully, and upholding it in every circumstance. In the same chapter, in verse 19, Paul adds:

"But God's truth stands firm like a foundation stone with this inscription: 'The Lord knows those who are his,' and 'All who belong to the Lord must turn away from evil'," 2 Timothy 2:19.

In 2 Timothy 4:1-2, Paul becomes more emphatic: "I solemnly urge you in the presence of God and Christ Jesus, who will someday judge the living and the dead when he appears to set up his Kingdom: Preach the word of God. Be prepared, whether the time is favorable or not. Patiently correct, rebuke, and encourage your people with good teaching."

It's fun to stand on a big stage and preach, but your metal as a minister of the Gospel is tested in those times when you need to "... patiently correct, rebuke, and encourage your people ..."

Before you pursued vocational or bi-vocational ministry, you thought it was challenging enough to keep your own life squarely built on the foundation of the truth of God's Word. Now, as an ordained minister, you will be challenged with the issue of sin in the lives of those you lead and are trying to reach for Christ. Will you give in to the lie that God didn't really mean that, that sometimes it's a "loving" thing to look the other way when someone is considering sin, or will you stand true to the Word of God and lovingly but clearly warn people against sin?

Welcome to the ministry!

Scotty

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

The important thing about leadership they didn't tell you in seminary - Part 1

After years of study, you've earned a sheep skin and, some time along the way, a church has ordained you. You've been educated and set aside to be a leader in the church. But there's something important that they probably failed to tell you in seminary that you're about to learn very quickly by experience.

What is that important, left out tidbit?

It's this: Serving and leading others will always result in push-back and tension.

Always.

There will always be someone like the little five-year-old girl who was having one of those trouble-filled days with her mother. They spent the day arguing back and forth with each other. Finally, the mom had enough.

"Jenny, go sit in the corner, right now!" ordered the exasperated mom. "Don't get up until I tell you to!"

Jenny went to the corner and sat down. In a few minutes she called back, "Mom, I am sitting down on the outside, but I am standing up on the inside!"

As a spiritual leader, there will always be someone standing up "on the inside" against what you teach, if not literally standing in your face! That's because as a spiritual leader, you're trying to motivate others to change, to become more like Christ. Whenever you attempt to move people toward change, you will have some level of resistance, even if that change is completely in their best interest.

In this case, you can't order them to the corner. But it's also important you don't retreat. You need to continue to love them, pray for them, and be steadfast in teaching the truth, even in the face of push-back or the tension it may cause. One of four things will likely be the outcome: 1) They will eventually give way to the truth and move toward change, or 2) they will remain obstinate about changing, but just tune you out and not argue with you, or 3) they will make it a fight against what you teach, and you'll have to directly address their opposition, or 4) they will go somewhere else.

Not even Jesus could please everyone, even He had those who stood up on the inside and the outside against Him. But Jesus didn't change His message, but instead. He remained steadfast because of this: "I can do nothing on my own. I judge as God tells me. Therefore, my judgment is just, because I carry out the will of the one who sent me, not my own will," John 5:30.

As a leader in the church, you need to focus on carrying out the will of the One who sent you, and let God handle the outcome in the lives of others.

Ministry is a supernatural work of the Holy Spirit, and it will take the work of the Holy Spirit to overcome the push-back people often have to the Word of God. It will take loving others with the love of Christ to work through the tension caused by the challenge to change. And it will take a life of constant prayer to have the wisdom and strength to wade through such resistance.

They probably didn't tell you this in seminary.

Welcome to the ministry!

Scotty

Friday, May 9, 2014

How hypocrisy in our approach to ministry fries pastors ...

More than 1,500 pastors quit the ministry every month.

They're fried!

They've been overworked. They've had a ridiculous amount of unreasonable expectations piled upon them. Often they were expected to do the majority of the work of the church themselves. They were pushed more than a person should be, and they finally quit.

We can't continue to do that.

We talk about pastors having to delegate to other staff, but a lot of churches don't have "other staff." We talk about the ministry of all believers, and how we all have to roll up our sleeves and shoulder the responsibility of ministry.

But then we do this ...

When we talk about men's ministry, we insist the pastor must also be involved (I just finished reading a book about how to start a men's ministry, which insisted on the pastor being involved --- most such books insist on this) ...

When we talk about women's ministry, we talk about the pastor must provide his support ...

When we talk about the ministry of mission, we insist the pastor be involved ...

When we talk about small groups, we talk about the pastor must provide some leadership ...

When we talk about Christian education, we talk about how the pastor must provide his enthusiastic support ...

Do you see the trend here?

We claim to understand the fact that we expect far too much from a single man, yet when we describe how to build any ministry within the church we still insist that it must have some involvement and some direct support of the pastor himself!

We cannot have it both ways!

It does not have to be true that the pastor has to be directly involved in every ministry in the church. Other staff, as well as elders, deacons, and other leaders in the church can be given responsibility for areas of ministry, and that responsibility can be left with them. Yes, the pastor has to have an awareness of what's going on with all the ministries, and may need to sign off on their mission and strategy, but the real work of ministries in the church can --- and should! --- be carried out by many other people other than the pastor.

Many people will say that it is necessary that the pastor at least publicly demonstrate his support for all of the ministries of the church. While it is possible for that to be done in simple ways that don't overwhelm a pastor, it cannot be reasonably expected that the pastor be the "salesman" and driving force for promoting and/or leading each ministry. If every ministry requires the voice of the pastor in order to recruit and be effective, that church has built its reliance upon a single man. Other leaders need to have as much credibility as the pastor, especially those men serving as elders.

If we continue to stack the initial success of all the church does onto the shoulders of pastors, we'll continue to misuse, abuse, and fry them and they will continue to leave the church in droves.

Is your church depending too much on your pastor? How can other leaders step up and take real responsibility for leadership within the church? Does your church really practice the concept of the "ministry of all believers?" If your pastor wasn't doing the promoting, how successful would the ministries in your church be? What are YOU doing to serve in a ministry and directly contribute to its success?

Scotty

Thursday, May 8, 2014

How to do ministry better in the 21st century ...

Some guys get loud --- even downright rude --- in trying to defend their common practice of looking to business leaders and business models to inform them on how to better do ministry.

They're fast about registering for the conferences featuring business celebrities and quick to buy and intellectually devour their books. They read their email newsletters over breakfast, and listen to their podcasts during their daily run.

But they're very slow to open their Bibles for examples of how to do ministry well in the 21st century.

Yet, we find in the pages of the New Testament some insight and wisdom from the greatest church planter and evangelist the world has known: the Apostle Paul.

How did Paul make the impact that he did? He tells us ...

"When I first came to you, dear brothers and sisters, I didn't use lofty words and impressive wisdom to tell you God's secret plan. For I decided that while I was with you I would forget everything except Jesus Christ, the one who was crucified. I came to you in weakness --- timid and trembling. And my message and my preaching were very plain. Rather than using clever and persuasive speeches, I relied only on the power of the Holy Spirit. I did this so you would trust not in human wisdom but in the power of God," 1 Corinthians 2:1-5.

You won't hear business celebrities giving church leaders that kind of leadership advice; in fact, what they have to say is usually the opposite of Paul's wise words to us.

Maybe your ministry in the 21st century could be improved by dropping the influence of business gurus and, instead, giving some attention to Paul's example. You certainly won't do worse by following his lead. And if you achieved half of what he did by approaching ministry the way he did, I don't think you would be the least bit unhappy.

Scotty

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

This might help you ...

As we have been sharing the vision and mission of the Scott Free Clinic, there's just one point some folks don't seem to realize: this is not a local ministry!

Even though we haven't launched the clinic yet, we are already connecting with people locally, regionally, nationally, and internationally.

The bulk of the clinical pastoral counseling will be done locally, although some (on a case-by-case basis) can be done by distance. Coaching, some Pastor Care, and consulting can be done by distance, and we anticipate I will be doing some traveling, especially for consulting and training with churches. So as you consider and pray about this ministry, don't think of it in terms of what we offer from our headquarters because we'll be serving many people far from our base of operations.

With that said, we haven't launched the clinic yet because while demand for the services grows on a daily basis, we don't have the funds to launch. You could probably think of at least 10 people who could benefit strongly from the services that will be provided by the clinic, but could you think of at least five people you could ask to pray for this ministry? Could you think of at least two or three people you could ask to consider giving to this ministry to help us be able to provide these critical services to people in need?

We need your help!

Below is a video that tells you much more about the Scott Free Clinic. Please feel free to share this post with as many people as possible to help us spread the vision for this ministry, and share our needs as well.

Thank you, and God bless you!

Scotty


Tuesday, April 22, 2014

IMPORTANT VIDEO: Let's change lives together!

How would you like to help change lives, support pastors, and help improve churches?

Here's an exciting new way you can do just that!

The video below will share how you can connect with a new ministry called the Scott Free Clinic to get help for yourself, or to provide help and support to others that could be life changing. I encourage you to watch the entire video, and note that some important information is contained at the end of the video.

If you have any questions, please contact me at the contact information provided in the video.

I encourage all of you to please share this video with as many people as possible --- family, friends, neighbors, church groups, pastors and pastoral staff, anyone you can and are willing to.

Let's change lives together!

(One note: The headquarters won't be in Fairfield as shown in this video, but since this is a ministry that serves people not just at a local level, but regionally, nationally, and internationally, the placement of the headquarters isn't a limitation!).

Scotty

Monday, March 31, 2014

Tell your church you're dropping all programs ...

Social media is flooded every day with talk about "missional" this, and "missional" that, and a vibrant discussion about the vital need for discipleship has spread around the globe.

But we're sitting on the brink of, yet again, doing a lot of talking and very little acting.

If you want to be a disciple-making church, comprised of disciple-making disciples, then it's time to start taking real, bold steps in turning that talk into reality. Otherwise, you're going to talk to death the mission of the church.

Here's one idea for you.

Get all the leaders within the congregation on board for this bold step: announce to your flock you're going to be dropping ALL programs, and instead, you're going to be pursuing a more biblical model of the leaders equipping the saints for ministry, and then these equipped saints can go minister.

For example, gather all the disciples who have a heart for ministering to children, and then equip them to be able to do so effectively. Support them, encourage them, provide them with the resources they need, but turn over ministering to children to these missionaries to children.

Do the same for youth.

Do the same for men's ministries, women's ministries, missions, and EVERY "program" in the church. Stop "programming" something into a mediocre, staff-sustained existence; instead, carry out the responsibility of equipping the saints, and then let them serve in the ways God leads them.

The result is that you will no longer have a canned, routine set of programs. What you will have is the demise of the "volunteer" replaced by an army of disciples making disciples of those they serve in the way God directs them to serve.

I wouldn't be surprised if not one single church actually tries this idea. Isn't that sad? They won't dare because they have never done it this way before. But the church, historically, has done it this way, with far greater success than the church of today.

"Now these are the gifts Christ gave to the church: the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, and the pastors and teachers. Their responsibility is to equip God's people to do his work and build up the church, the body of Christ. This will continue until we all come to such unity in our faith and knowledge of God's Son that we will be mature in the Lord, measuring up to the full and complete standard of Christ," Ephesians 4:11-13.

Imagine what your church would be like if the ministry that flowed from it came from equipped disciples who, for the love of their Lord, ministered as the Holy Spirit directed and empowered them, not as volunteers doing their bit in a program, but as ambassadors for Christ pouring their lives out in service with and for Him!

Why not give it a try?

Scotty

Saturday, March 29, 2014

The world needs a simple man ...

As I write this, it's a wet, rainy day in northern California. A much needed watering in a drought-stricken place. Just the kind of morning to slow down, enjoy the pitter-patter sounds of the falling rain, and warm oneself with a cup of coffee.

A pleasant setting for a simple morning.

The rain often causes people to cancel all sorts of things they intended to do on what has become an inclement Saturday. Funny how many of those things suddenly become not-so-essential, and a rainy Saturday turns into time that a family can enjoy simple things together.

I remember when the greatest challenge of my Saturday mornings was to have a bowl of cereal and a glass of chocolate milk prepared and in front of the television by 6 a.m., ready for a morning of cartoons. It's the one time my parents let me indulge in TV viewing. Following the cartoons would be an old John Wayne "B" western, then it was time to square away my room and get outside for the afternoon.

Such simple things brought a great deal of satisfaction in that moment. Yet, it's often those simple moments we remember as we ponder life's blessings.

That often goes against the flow of what we're taught as adults. There seems to be no limit to the leaders who tell us we should be constantly striving to achieve great things and greatness itself. And if we listen to them, we find ourselves missing the simple, common moments in each day because we become focused on living for only those few big events that might happen in any given year.

We miss much of life when we live that way.

We also fail to achieve so much more when we think we have to make everything a massive attempt at something great. We mistakenly think that weeks of toil to produce a big Sunday show, complete with fog machines and complex productions, is greater than Joe standing out in his driveway praying with a neighbor or Susan sharing the Gospel with a co-worker while on her lunch break. The simple things done throughout the week in the lives of common Christians living out their faith have more impact on the kingdom of God than a man attempting to be great on a Sunday morning.

A good example of this is found in "Streams of Living Water," as author Richard Foster tells of Billy Graham preaching at Cambridge back in 1955. For three consecutive nights, Graham tried to make his preaching academic and enlightened, but with no effect. He finally realized that presenting the intellectual side of faith was not his gift, so he returned to preaching the simple message of Jesus rescuing us from our problem with sin. Foster wrote, "The results were astonishing: hundreds of sophisticated students responded to this clear presentation of the gospel. It was a lesson in clarity and simplicity that he never forgot."

God confounds those who would be great among us. He accomplishes more great things through ordinary people living simple lives of faithful obedience than men trying to become great. And He makes great the response to a man who stands and shares the Gospel in simple, plain, clear language than to those who lose the Gospel message in the grandeur of a production or complexity of a philosophical debate. To be great, we have to become simple, as simple as a child ...

"Jesus called a little child to him and put the child among them. Then he said, 'I tell you the truth, unless you turn from your sins and become like little children, you will never get into the Kingdom of Heaven. So anyone who becomes as humble as this little child is the greatest in the Kingdom of Heaven'," Matthew 18:2-4.

The world doesn't need more men trying to become great. The world needs more simple men.

Are you one of them?

Scotty

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Here's a way to become "that guy" ...

A few weeks ago, I was sitting in a Starbucks enjoying conversation with a pastor I was getting to know. During our exchange, he suddenly stopped and asked, "You're an evangelism guy, aren't you?"

I responded that I wouldn't consider myself just an "evangelism guy" because my passion isn't limited to just sharing the Gospel with the lost. I also want to see them surrender their lives to Christ, be fully discipled, see them equipped for ministry, see them become disciple-makers, and make sure they're shepherded well. I want to see the same for those who already know Christ. I want to see lives transformed to the glory of God. But that all starts with evangelism, which has been a big part of my ministry for almost three decades, so it's not uncommon for other ministers to think of me as an "evangelism guy."

In our culture today, the gist is not to become known as "that guy." You know, the guy who always steps into pictures and ruins it with his funny faces and stealing away the focus. Or that guy who still goes to high school parties after he has graduated high school. Or that guy who always makes a fool of himself in social settings.

You know, "that" guy!

How sad it is that ministers who still have a passion for evangelism and discipleship have become known in some church leadership circles as "that guy." But if having a passion for bringing people to Christ is being "that guy," then we need a lot more people who are "that guy"!

Research into being "that guy" --- a Christian who will share the Gospel with others --- has produced a staggeringly tragic statistic. The data indicates that 96.7 percent of all Christians will never share the Gospel with anyone in their lifetime!

What a massive failure that is of Christ's commission to His church:

"Jesus came and told his disciples, 'I have been given all authority in heaven and on earth. Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you. And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age'," Matthew 28:18-20.

The Apostle Paul says that all of us who are followers of Christ are supposed to be "that guy" ...

"And all of this is a gift from God, who brought us back to himself through Christ. And God has given us this task of reconciling people to him. For God was in Christ, reconciling the world to himself, no longer counting people's sins against them. And he gave us this wonderful message of reconciliation. So we are Christ's ambassadors; God is making his appeal through us. We speak for Christ when we plead, 'Come back to God!'" 2 Corinthians 5:18-20.

A primary contributing factor to why so many Christians don't share the Gospel with anyone is because they don't know how to do so. Not only has the church failed at carrying out the Great Commission, its leaders have failed at one of their most important responsibilities ...

"Now these are the gifts Christ gave the church: the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, and the pastors and teachers. Their responsibility is to equip God's people to do his work and build up the church, the body of Christ. This will continue until we all come to such unity in our faith and knowledge of God's Son that we will be mature in the Lord, measuring up to the full and complete standard of Christ," Ephesians 4:11-13.

Even though it is the responsibility of church leaders to equip the saints, most churches are not doing anything to teach believers how to share the Gospel with others.

Let's change that!

One service the Scott Free Clinic provides in consulting with and serving churches is offering training that equips Christians in how to share the Gospel in a simple, concise, but comprehensive and effective way. If your church isn't currently equipping believers in how to share the Gospel and you would like to change that but need some help, let me know and we will develop a plan to help you train your congregation. Send me an email at drscottyjr@gmail.com and we'll work together to equip your people so they can join the ranks of "that guy" which we all need to be.

What is your church doing to make disciples? To disciple new believers? To equip the saints for ministry?

Scotty

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Why don't we do something about this?

In an interview posted in an article on social media today, another megachurch pastor confessed to suffering from depression and having suicidal thoughts.

There's a lot of REAL need for help out there!

With the tragic story of the suicide of Rick Warren's son, there has been a sharpened awareness that there are MANY people out there in our communities, as well as filling our churches, whose struggle is such that they need professional help. Their challenges extend beyond what a cup of coffee and conversation with a friend can do for them.

Why don't we get serious about doing something about this?

There are many ways all of us can take real steps in helping others get the help they need and I would encourage you to explore the opportunities available to you. I also would like to again share one opportunity I'm working on that you can be a part of.

I'm currently in the developmental phase of launching the Scott Free Clinic, designed specifically to offer help, without the barrier of cost, to those who are in need. One of the major reasons why people don't get the help that could make a difference in their lives is because they can't afford it. What a tragedy!

Let's change that!

The Scott Free Clinic will offer the following services, free of charge, to ANYONE:
  • Comprehensive clinical pastoral counseling.
  • Coaching.
  • Couple Communication training.
  • Fitness consulting.
  • Pastor Care (counseling for vocational and bi-vocational ministers).
  • Consulting with churches.
In order to make this help available to others, the clinic will be supported by men and women and business people who want to help people have access to getting the help they need. We need sponsors who are willing to donate to this ministry, whether it's a one-time gift, being a monthly sponsor, or giving quarterly or annually. Every donation, regardless of size, will help to provide these desperately needed services.

If you would be interested in helping make this clinic become a reality, you can make TAX DEDUCTIBLE donations to our Fiscal Sponsor, Hope Christian Church, by giving online at this link http://bit.ly/M0gsxW. Just click on the "Donation" tab and please be sure to designate your gift for "Scott Free Clinic" or "Counseling." You can also send checks to:

Hope Christian Church
149 Grobric Court
Fairfield, Ca. 94534

If giving by check, please note on the check that your gift is designated for "Scott Free Clinic."

I'm excited about how Scott Free Clinic will help thousands of individuals, couples, and families dramatically change their lives; how pastors and pastoral teams will be supported; and how churches will be helped to become disciple-making churches.

More than anything, your prayer support would be greatly appreciated. Let's work together to help people change their lives!

Scotty

Thursday, January 23, 2014

I need your help!

How would you like the opportunity to dramatically change the lives of thousands of people, provide counseling support to pastors, and help multiple churches become more effective disciple-making churches?

Now there's an exciting new way for you to directly be able to help achieve these things! We're announcing the launch of the developmental phase of the Scott Free Clinic. To learn more about this ministry, please watch the video below for the exciting details ...



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 that this new ministry can receive tax exempt 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, 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).
The need and interest in the services of this ministry have been established to be in strong demand. They can be met by launching these services as soon as possible, but to do that, significant funds need to be raised to launch this new ministry. An ideal office setting has been located, but to lease office space and then furnish, equip, and supply it, and provide the materials and operating budget for this ministry to happen will require substantial resources from sponsors who have the vision to turn this ministry vision into reality.

Those who are interested in giving to help make this ministry vision become reality can do so by sending their checks to:

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 either "Scott Free Clinic" or "Counseling" so those funds will be earmarked for 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" or "Counseling"). All donations will be tax deductible.
Here are some other ways you can help build support for launching this new ministry:
  • Pray for this ministry daily and encourage others to pray for the ministry of Scott Free Clinic.
  • Share this blog post with others.
  • 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.
  • 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.
Contact information ...
Mailing address:
Dr. James Scott, Jr.
P.O. Box51
Farmington, MN 55024

Telephone: 541-861-0779
Twitter: @scottyjws
Facebook: facebook.com/scottyjws

Finally ...
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!

(NOTE: The headquarters won't be in Fairfield, as shown in the video, but since we not only minister locally, but also regionally, nationally, and internationally, the location of the headquarters isn't a limitation!)