Building a Community Service Nonprofit

Building a Community Service Nonprofit

Building a Community Service Nonprofit This article continues the series on the five circles of Christian Compassion (here). The series started with discussing personal compassion (here) and moved to the second circle, which is the compassion of a church (here). This article discusses the third circle of compassion, which is organizational compassion. When your community service outgrows the boundaries of your church and an all-volunteer supported ministry, your program has crossed the line to become an organization. To be successful the leap ... Read more
Compassionate Church Response

A Compassionate Church Response

A Compassionate Church Response In the first article of this series, I presented an overview of a framework for responding to human needs that I am calling the Five Circles of Christian Compassion (see here). In a previous article, we overviewed personal compassion as the first circle of the model (see here). This article focuses on the compassionate response to when we come together as a church. This second circle of Christian response requires a church to proactively engage in a dialogue about ... Read more

Practicing Compassionate Public Policy

Practicing Compassionate Public Policy Five circles of Christian compassion are the foundation stones of faith-based community service.  This article series discusses public policy as the fifth circle of compassion. Part one of the series outlined the biblical foundations of Christian involvement in public policy (here). Part two described the historical basis for Seventh-day Adventist involvement in political issues (here). This article concludes the series by offering concrete ideas for practicing compassionate public policy. I would like to be very clear what a Christian response to public policy is ... Read more
Four Principles Compassion and Public Policy

Four Principles of Seventh-Day Adventist Compassion and Public Policy

Four Principles of Seventh-Day Adventist Compassion and Public Policy This article is part of a series on the Five Circles of Christian Compassion and continues the conversation of how Christian compassion includes involvement in public policy. In the last blog article, we introduced the concept of dual citizenship, the idea that we are responsible for living both as citizens of the earthly kingdom and maintaining our allegiance to God's kingdom. We are called to demonstrate the kingdom values of justice and equity in ... Read more
Beginnings of a Community of Service

Beginnings of a Community of Service

Beginnings of a Community of Service Welcome to our new blog, Building a Community of Service. As a faith-based nonprofit, Portland Adventist Community Services (PACS) serves those living on the edge of poverty. We are launching this blog as a place of learning, strategy, and inspiration for those involved in faith-based community service ministries. As this blog grows, our goal is to learn together by furthering our understanding of poverty and how churches and other faith-based groups can respond to those in ... Read more