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.


To Serve is to Take a Risk

This blog is a follow-up to To Be or Not To Be a Good Samaritan. So, if you haven’t read it yet, you may want to go back to it. Mercy is Messy Some readers of the last blog questioned whether it is wise to try to be a Good Samaritan in all circumstances. For example, […]

To Be or Not To Be a Good Samaritan

See if this sounds familiar. I was driving down the highway when I saw someone slowly, very slowly driving on the shoulder of the road. When I got closer, I saw their left rear tire was flat and they were obviously attempting to make it to an upcoming exit to stop and maybe get help […]

We Need the Poor

Homeless, Poor Man

Now that I have your attention, let me explain. Mercy ministry is a necessary part of what it means to follow Jesus. God’s love in Jesus needs an outlet. People in need are the best “outlet” or recipients of Jesus’ love through us, his ministers. As a coach needs a team to lead and a […]

Why We Feel Good When We Serve

If you have ever tried to recruit volunteers to serve, there is a good chance you said something like “You will feel good when you do it.” You said that because it’s true. We do in fact feel good when we serve. As a pastor, I often told my congregation there is a special joy […]

Adapting Mercy Ministry in a Pandemic

Food Distribution

The key word for 2020-21 is adapt. Everyone, from business to education to churches have had to adapt what they do to keep going during the COVID pandemic.  And that is much more than posting a sign on your front door telling people masks are required to enter. Adapt is the dominant word for churches […]

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