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.


Business Doing Good

Several years ago, I heard something I have never forgotten (indirectly) from a minister friend I respect a great deal. He said something to the effect that he was in the process of shifting his hope for impact for good from the church to business. At the time, I heard that comment as one person’s […]

Why Should We Help People Who Won’t Help Themselves

I love this story. Fred Craddock, a venerable and popular Methodist preacher of the recent past told a story from his seminary pastorate. The church had an Emergency Fund of about $100 (this dates back several decades). Church leaders told him that, as pastor, he could use the money to help people in need at […]

On the Way Serving

I was talking to another minister the other day when he told me about hearing a speaker recently talk about serving others “on the way.” (I don’t remember the speaker’s name, so if any of you recognize this and are bothered that I am not giving credit here, that’s why.) My friend said the speaker […]

Gen Z is into Serving Others

I often get the question as to whether Gen Z is as willing to serve people in need as older generations. My response is Yes, they are . . . but maybe not exactly like my generation—Boomers. The question about Gen Z comes from the suspicion that younger folk are more self-centered and, therefore, less […]

Serving Others Aids Recovery

My recent dive into all aspects of serving others has revealed way more applications of it than I ever expected. One is recovery from addiction. My research has shown it is virtually unanimous that serving others aids recovery from addiction. I share here the main points of just one of many online articles/blogs on this […]

National Good Samaritan Day

Today is National Good Samaritan Day. Bet you didn’t know that. Truthfully, I didn’t either until our Administrative Director told me. March 13 is designated as Good Samaritan Day. The purpose of National Good Samaritan Day is just what you would expect—to encourage people to serve others as an act of compassion. Of course, the […]

21st Century Baby in the Bullrushes

Remember the sweet biblical story of baby Moses in the bullrushes? Pharoah had decreed that all male Jewish children would be killed as his way of limiting the Hebrew population in Egypt (Exodus 1 and 2). Moses’ mother hid baby Moses as long as she could but eventually made a basket boat of papyrus and […]

Serving as Random Acts of Kindness

It isn’t often that the calendar supports our consistent call for people to serve others, but it happens this week. Random Acts of Kindness Day is Friday, February 17. Where it came from Wikipedia says Random Acts of Kindness goes back to a “random” act by one Anne Herbert in 1982 in Saulsalito, California, when […]

Serving At Waffle House

Her name was Amanda. She was our server at Waffle House a few days ago. When I asked what kind of day she was having, she said with a big smile “I’m having a great day. I don’t work at district anymore; just serving tables here and happy as I can be!” When Amanda mentioned […]

I Have A Dream

One of the most famous speeches in American history is Martin Luther King’s “I Have a Dream” speech given on the National Mall in Washington at the height of the civil rights movement. It continues to inspire hope for a better future when color lines no longer exist and races enjoy equity and harmony as […]

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