The Compassionaries Blog was created to inspire church leaders to remember their passion for and to think more deeply about compassion ministry. It is meant to cultivate greater interest in compassion ministry as a priority of the local church with the realistic potential of using the Inasmuch model in readers’ churches.


Volunteering or Serving?

April is National Volunteer Month . . . which means some non-profits are honoring their volunteers, and some people are stepping out of the stands and onto the field of serving for the first time. Or, to use another metaphor, some are dabbing their toes into the pool of service to see if they like […]

Compassionaries, the Book

Have you ever thought about writing a book? If not, don’t . . . unless you want to put yourself through the wringer. It’s a long, arduous process. If you have, it’s probably because you want people to know about one or more of your life experiences from which they might benefit. Or, and this […]

Give Up or Take Up

I am learning there are lots of good pieces out there in “blogosphere.” Naturally, as one who writes a blog every other week and occasionally wonders where the inspiration will come from this week, this is an exciting discovery. Lo and behold, others are blogging good stuff, too. (Humility is not my best trait.) My […]

Serving Others is a Big Rock

Years ago Stephen Covey gave a parable about priorities that is known far and wide. A professor set a wide-mouth quart jar on his desk along with several fist-sized rocks. He carefully put as many of the rocks into the jar as he could. He asked his class “Is the jar full?” They all said […]

Put a Dent in the Universe

So said Steve Jobs. This was his way of saying “Make a difference in the world.” He did. With his development of the Apple collection of communication/computing devices, Jobs put a sizable dent in the universe; in fact, he changed the world. I don’t know how soon he realized that, but there is no doubt […]

When Plan B is Better

I am a happier person when Plan A works. So are you. So are most people. Plan A is what is on our calendar or To-Do list for the day. It’s what we expect to do and usually prefer to do. But it isn’t always possible to do Plan A. The schedule changes or a […]

5 Reasons to Make Serving Others Your New Year’s Resolution

It’s that time again—to resolve to do better in the new year. It is an interesting phenomenon that when the calendar rolls over to a new year a lot of us use that time to try (at least for a few days) to start afresh to improve how we live. We could do that any […]

3 Lessons From A Memorable Christmas

My most memorable Christmas had nothing to do with what I received for Christmas. It had nothing to do with time spent with family though I enjoyed those times as much as anyone. It had to do with serving. Here’s the story. When I was a young teen—about 13 or 14—my church youth group decided […]

Serving is Quiet Power

In my new book Compassionaries: Unleash the Power of Serving which, will come out next March, I make the argument that serving others is powerful. Honestly, that is a concept I had not realized until I began writing, but I became so convinced of it that it became the focus of the book. Most people […]

4 Ways to Show Gratitude Through Serving

I have a friend who has been very good to me—there for me through the most difficult time in my life, generous with her time and support in many ways, and interceding for me often in prayer. I truly cherish our relationship. So, I wanted to show my gratitude for her kindnesses. I went out […]

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