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The Art of Difficult Conversations

If difficult conversations were considered an art, it would be safe to say that I started out as a paint-by-number kind of guy. However, thanks to the influence of Sheila Heen and trial and error, I am becoming a better artist of difficult conversations. When it comes to difficult conversations, many of us are stuck […]

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Book Review on Evangelism for Non-Evangelists by Mark R. Teasdale

The book, Evangelism for Non-Evangelists is for use in a formal education setting, or for lay and clergy leaders in a church setting. Mark Teasdale writes with the goal of approaching evangelism authentically. This means that the author leaves room for people of differing theologies in different places in their faith journey to engage with […]

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Preaching with Cultural Intelligence

As a way to continue developing as a pastor, I try to read at least one book a year on the topic of preaching. A recent book that caught my eye in light of the Gospel Alliance’s values was Preaching with Cultural Intelligence: Understanding the People Who Hear Our Sermons by Matthew D. Kim. In […]

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Who’s building the house?

Psalm 127:1 says, “Unless the Lord builds the house, the builders build in vain.” Those are wise words to remember whether you’re building a church, a home, a relationship, or a life. Unfortunately, it’s easy to forget. In a church, the tendency is to focus on human effort and wisdom, or the vision of a […]

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Gospel Alliance Update

A few weeks ago some partners in ministry and I flew to Denver for a quick Advisory Board meeting for the Gospel Alliance. While there, we were able to meet with 15 other RCA leaders who are also on the team to plan, pray, worship, and dream about the future of the Gospel Alliance. Our […]

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Would You Rather?

Which of the two did what his father wanted? Matthew 21:31 (NIV) During our trip to the Gospel Alliance Conference at Faith Church in Dyer, Indiana last fall, a number of our group that had traveled from Pella enjoyed some time in the hotel’s lobby sharing stories and laughs. At one point, the conversation turned […]

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Family

Matthew 5: 1-9 5 1-2 When Jesus saw his ministry drawing huge crowds, he climbed a hillside. Those who were apprenticed to him, the committed, climbed with him. Arriving at a quiet place, he sat down and taught his climbing companions. This is what he said: 3 “You’re blessed when you’re at the end of […]

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Why I Joined a Denomination

I did not grow up in a Reformed denomination, nor did I come to faith or begin my path to ministry in one. Much of my early experience in faith and ministry was in what one of my college professors called “Baptistic” traditions; that is, Baptist churches, congregationally-driven churches like the Evangelical Free Church, or […]

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Communications and the Church

“Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in your sight, O Lord, my rock and my redeemer.” Psalm 19:14 This has been one of my favorite verses because it reminds me to evaluate the words of my mouth and the things on my heart, that they may honor […]

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A Wellspring of Mercy

A fountain of compassion, a spring of hope, The Well Resource Center is a place of community where individuals and families can find help and hope when facing difficult circumstances. We use a wholistic approach to meet physical, emotional, and spiritual needs. It is a place to explore long-term solutions and receive the love of […]

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A fountain of compassion, a spring of hope, The Well Resource Center is a place of community where individuals and families can find help and hope when facing difficult circumstances. We use a wholistic approach to meet physical, emotional, and spiritual needs. It is a place to explore long-term solutions and receive the love of Christ.

The description in italics above is taken from the brochure explaining the services available through The Well. A conversation about outreach and evangelism is incomplete until we’ve spent time becoming acquainted with the ministry being accomplished through The Well Resource Center. I write about them today as affirmation of communities, small towns, and suburbs where this sort of outreach is already thriving. I also write as encouragement to consider using them as a model if you are contemplating an outreach ministry for the first time.

This fall, I visited with Eden Youngberg, the Director of Advancement and Marketing for The Well. The remainder of this blog post is a result of that conversation.

The Well Resource Center was initially organized because the congregations in our town saw the same people asking for help, so they got together and asked the question of how to best help people move forward. In 2016, The Well began to find answers to this question as care coordinators formed relationships with people. 90% of people come to The Well for the first time with requests for help in addressing financial issues. A book that has been helpful to The Well’s ministry is A Framework for Understanding Poverty, A Cognitive Approach, by Ruby K. Payne. The staff at The Well work with people to help them shift their mindsets and teach them how to set priorities.

The goal of the relationships formed between The Well and people receiving assistance is ownership of the lessons coming from the program offering assistance, participation in The Well community, and an invitation to give back in some way. This helps people make changes in their lives by involving them in relationships and community, and by assisting them toward independence.

The Well Resource Center offers a variety of programs and ministry areas, including these few from their extensive list: Getting Ahead in a Just-Getting’ By World classes, Well Works which is another class, and it teaches skills for long-term stability through employment, a thrift store, a medical loan closet, Celebrate Recovery for those with addictions, and mental health classes. The Well also partners with many local Christian ministries including a men’s group, a medical clinic, and the local food shelf. These ministries are all arranged on one campus to eliminate travel.

The Well also has a strong passion to spread the Gospel. People come for assistance, but they grow, learn, and hear the Word. People are invited to pray during their meetings, and relationships form with others and with Jesus Christ. The Well is church to some of the people receiving assistance there. They find consistency, acceptance, purpose, and a place to share their testimony.

My friends at The Well, I honor you, and personally want to thank you for the difference you are making in the lives of so many, and for the harvest you are reaping for the kingdom. The Lord’s blessings to you.

If you would like to learn more about The Well Resource Center, you may visit their website at: www.thewelliowa.org