Christ has motivated and indeed empowers all that we do. He has also modeled social ministry for us. The model is the cross.
When Jesus told Peter to feed his sheep, it was with the full recognition that this service could, and did, require great sacrifice on the part of Peter and the other disciples. Throughout his ministry, Christ calls his disciples to pick up their crosses and follow him. Whom we serve sacrificially has been demonstrated to us as well. Jesus constantly reaches out to the outcasts of society, such as the Syrophenician woman, the tax collector, the leper and others. It was these people that Jesus healed. Is it not fair to respond to Jesus’ words that the sick need a doctor, not only spiritually, but also literally? Finally, Jesus makes this abundantly clear with his goats and sheep illustration in Matthew. Here he states that we are called to minister to the hungry, the imprisoned, the naked and the sick. When we do so, we minister to Christ in our world.
God’s new commandment, made new through the sacrifice of Jesus, is that we love our neighbor as God has loved us. The model for this love is unbounded, radical, and inclusive of all people. It is adventurous and bold.
We as Christians, in response to our Lord’s directives, perform works that flow from our faith, demonstrating that our love is for all people, even as the Gospel of Jesus Christ is for all people.
Disaster Preparedness and Response
- Partnership between the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and the Lutheran Church, Missouri Synod. Together, these churches and congregations provide support for relief and recovery Missions in Alabama.
- Member of Alabama VOAD (Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster), a coordinating agency.
- When disasters strike and you or your family are affected, Lutheran Ministries of Alabama is there to help organize and coordinate the delivery of immediate relief and longer term recovery services. This includes, but is not limited to:
- Needs Assessment
- FEMA Coordination and Advocacy
- Property Damage Assessment
- Casework Documentation
- Crisis Counseling
- Inter-Agency Coordination
- Volunteer Coordination
- Long Term Recovery Planning
- Social/Family Services Referrals
- Camps for Kids and Teens
Summer Educational Programs
- To improve life chances by providing opportunities for at-risk children to build healthy relationships and improve academic knowledge.
- Promoting success through use of:
- Teaching, tutoring and skills assessment,
- Use of state aligned educational materials in reading, science, mathematics, and the arts,
- Interactive engagement to maximize the teacher-student development process,
- Improving self esteem and social skills,
- Intentional development of positive peer relationships,
- Encouraging the sense of community.