Stepping Toward Hard Places

By: David Burch, Church Engagement Strategist

MBCH Children and Family Ministries
Posted: Feb 15, 2019

How can we get engaged in this work? I am so blessed to hear this question over and over as I have conversations with Pastors, Directors of Missions, small groups, and individuals from churches around Missouri. As MBCH launches our new Church Engagement Initiative we believe that God is calling us to engage with the local church to assist them in being fully equipped to reach out to children, youth, and families who are broken and hurting. MBCH desires to engage with the church and discover together how we can best partner to be the hands and feet of Jesus to those around us.

Our culture does not promote us stepping toward the hard places in people’s lives, in fact, our culture seemingly says: “Avoid the mess.  Stay away from hard and broken places. Stay where you are comfortable. In contrast to our culture, however, the gospel compels us to move toward the hurting and broken in our world. Matthew 1:23 tells us that Jesus would be called Immanuel, which means God with us. Although we were far from God, hurting, and broken, God moved toward us, and His son Jesus took us from death to life (Col. 2:13).  God adopted us through His son (Galatians 4:4-5) and gives us the right to be children of God. (John 1:12)

So why would we strive to reach out and minister to people who are struggling and often far from God? Because this is exactly what God did for us. The gospel compels us to step toward the hard places in people’s lives, and the gospel sustains us as we minister in the midst of hurting and hard situations, and offers a pure demonstration of the love of Christ to the world around us. (James 1:27)

MBCH would love to talk with your church to see how together we can effectively minister to hurting children, youth, and families to make a lasting difference in their lives. Every church family is unique, so MBCH is not offering a packaged program to follow. Instead, we desire to find out from your church if we can offer training to equip your teams of staff or volunteers to be more effective as you seek to minister in your community. Some examples might be:

  • Offer a training known as Stewards of Children designed to equip your congregation to protect children from sexual abuse.
  • Train your children’s ministry staff and volunteers how to effectively manage
  • Equip parents to keep their kids safe on-line.
  • Offer consultation or training on risk management through good policies and practices designed to keep children and youth safe at your church.
  • Consult with your church if you desire to minister to children in the foster care system or minister to families in your community to prevent their children from having to enter the foster care system.
  • Consult with your church if you are already involved in foster care ministry on how to design a wrap-around ministry of support for those in your congregation who are called to take children into their family. 

We are excited to see all that God may do through this new church engagement initiative. If you would like to begin conversations with us about church engagement, we would love to hear from you and your church. You may reach David Burch, our Church Engagement Strategist by email at:, or by phone at: 417-380-1082.


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