Spiritual Health and religious practices can provide significant resources to families as they seek self-sufficiency. We follow the example of Jesus Christ by meeting not only physical needs but spiritual ones as well. Everybody needs hope to thrive, including those we walk alongside to alleviate poverty. Those who serve with Agape Child & Family Services, know the greatest hope is found in the promises God has given us in His Word through Jesus Christ.
Faith Formation and Engagement (FFE) ministry was formalized in 2017 to intensify our efforts of strategically integrating faith into its programs and services. The FFE ministry has dedicated staff who serve as community-based chaplains to bring hope to those we serve. Agape also partners with churches which operate as hubs where programs and services are offered, and trains church members to work as volunteers with youth and families.
What is our strategy to integrate
faith into our programs?
With alignment to Agape’s two-generation (2Gen) poverty-fighting model and in keeping the Church at the center of all faith formation and engagement work, the Faith Formation and Engagement ministry seeks to move people from awareness, to education, to engagement in the areas of healthy relationships, community clinical pastoral education, and Christian Community Development. This is accomplished through the following five strategies:
- Strengthen and build capacity of families living within targeted neighborhoods by enhancing access to spiritual resources.
- Promote equity, evidence, and voice by equipping community churches and supporting the Church.
- Build infrastructure needed to support the delivery of integrated and aligned services for families by equipping Hub, Community, and Anchor churches and supporting the Church Developers Network Integrated family-centered service delivery network.
- Enhance local community capacity to serve its residents by equipping Hub, Community, and Anchor churches and supporting the Church Developers Network Integrated family-centered service delivery network.
- Advocate for equitable systemic and institutional policy and practice change.
What services do you provide?
- Prayer by request
- Referrals to church partners by request
- Spiritual counseling
- Chaplain services
How much do you charge?
All services are complimentary
Do you have to be a Christian?
These words of Jesus provide inspiration and guidance to the people who work at Agape: “The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to preach good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to release the oppressed, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.” Luke 4:18-19