"Feed My lambs, take care of My sheep, and feed My sheep."
Our main focus is "feeding" God's Word to those who are hungry and thirsty for a deeper relationship with God the Father (and the Way of Christ); and helping them to grow in their walk with God, while listening to the leading of God's Holy Spirit one step at a time.
Jesus also had a habit of drawing His disciples aside privately, to explain His Words and to teach them. And this is something we feel led to do; to have one on one (or small group settings), to teach and help give insight into His Word, and help others grow in their personal relationship with God, as they go deeper (and grow) in His Word.
- It’s not enough to just go out and convert a non believer, or baptize them (though obviously this IS part of the great commission), it also says to “teach them…” so we desire to help others and to teach them HOW to live in their new life, and to teach them to observe what Jesus commanded (and taught), and to teach them how to follow Jesus in the NEW life He has given them.
In obedience to Jesus' commission, we also provide spiritual leadership, mentoring/discipleship, and equipping, to those who feel called to spread the Good News of Christ (and the teaching God's Word), not only in their own small Bible study groups, but into the workplace as well. So, according to His command; just as it was taught to us, we desire to teach it to others, so that they (too) can take the Good News into whatever “mission fields” God has placed them in.
And though our primary call is to "feed God's people" we have a deep burden as well, to bring a message of HOPE to the brokenhearted and downcast, to show them that all is NOT lost, and that through Christ, there IS healing and restoration (and reconciliation with God) for them.
- To help those who are searching for hope, to know and understand that God is for them, and that God has not given up on them, and that God “so love the World” that He sent His Son for THEM TOO! And to help them to know and understand (and receive) the sheer GRACE of God as He brings them a message of hope (and spiritual healing).
HOLDING HANDS IN FELLOWSHIP WHILE
PROMOTING SPIRITUAL HEALTH AND HEALING THROUGH:
- Prayer and fellowship with God
- Biblical Counseling and Coaching
- Training and Equipping for Discipleship
- Promoting Health and Wellness for Body, Soul, Spirit and Mind
- Helping New Christians to Begin Their Walk in the Way of Faith, and then to Grow Deeper in Their Relationship with God
The Pathway of Faith foundation
Learning, Worshiping & Fellowship
Growing in our relationship with God, and the Way of Christ.
Jesus is the WAY to the Father:
"Thomas said to Him, "Lord, we don't know where you are going, so how can we know the way?"
Jesus answered, "I am the way and the truth and the life. No once comes to the Father except through Me.
Jesus said He has other sheep that were not in the flock and He was to go seek them.
So, just as it is said that Jesus would leave His whole flock to search out for one lost stray…
So shall we.
In following in Jesus’ example, we are searching for God’s lost people, ministering to the disappointed, the hurt and the lonely, and gently reminding them that Jesus is the WAY.
About the Pathway of Faith:
OUR MISSION: to bring hope, reconciliation, and the restoration of God’s grace by reaching out to our neighbors with the love of Jesus, and helping them to come back into the fold of the Body of Christ.
The Pathway of Faith Foundational Ministry: helping people grow in their relationship with God. To be a learning center where God's Word can flow from, and to create a place that promotes spiritual health and healing for the weary. Seeking God's lost sheep who are hurt and searching for hope. Feeding people who are hungry for God, and a relationship with Him. Ultimately, showing people that Christ IS THE WAY, and to provide leadership (and the teaching of God's Word) to those who God draws to us, and encouraging them in their walk with Christ, by helping them to learn how to listen to God's Holy Spirit. Repairing broken foundations, and strengthening families so as to have a lasting effect on generations to come.
OUR MOTTO: In order to have a heart for His people... you have to have a heart for God! We want to make sure we are a stepping stone in your walk with Jesus, and not a stumbling block.
Ministry of Rest-oration
Jesus' call was simple: "Come to Me all who are weary and I will give you rest."
The desire to feed those who are hungry for Christ, and seeking to find who they are in Him, and the rest He promises in a relationship (through Christ) with God; has been our driving need as we sought the Lord for HIS Will for this ministry.
In 1 Samuel 30, after finding that their families had been taken captive, David sought the Lord for direction, and God instructed David to go after them, and that if he did, he would surely rescue them. So David and his 600 men set out. However, when they came to the Brook Besor, 200 of the men were simply too exhausted to go any further. David and the other 400 men left all their baggage and supplies with these men, and set out again. They eventually caught up with the enemy and won victory. Scripture says that David and his men came back to the brook and celebrated, and that not a family member was missing!
A BROOK LIKE SETTING:
With this lesson from David and his men came the birth of a vision; to create a place where those who are weary can come and find rest. To be a "house of prayer" so to speak and to hold hands in fellowship while we encourage those who are looking to bring their families (as God's lost sheep) back into His fold.
It is our hope that as we grow in God's Word, we will become a "learning center" where His Good News can flow from, that will help to grow God's Kingdom in our communities, and to help families become stronger in Christ, as we rebuild the broken places (while strengthening age old foundations), so as to have a lasting effect on generations to come.
The songs: "Come to the Fountain" and "Come to the River" have echoed in Kassie's heart as she sought God's will for her writing. So, we desire to be like a fountain that flows with the Good News of Christ, where those who are thirsty, will thirst no more.
The phrase "Go, I am sending you..." is felt very strongly in our ministry. Christ said to go out and make disciples; but He also said He had sheep that were missing. God's Word echo's through the pages that His people simply didn't know Him. And that is a burden God has laid on our hearts; to go and help find His sheep who have strayed away, and help people to KNOW Him, and not just simply ABOUT Him.
As we seek God's counsel we are strengthened, healed, and changed. But this only comes from spending time with Him, and in His Word. So it is our goal to offer a variety of Bible studies to help others grow in their relationship with God, as well as other FREE study resources to help aid in growing deeper in His Word.
Its our goal to provide FREE Biblical based counseling/
discipleship materials for those seeking to sift life's ups and downs (and the storms we go through) through the truth of His Word. And by doing so, to worship God as the Lord of our lives, and to not only walk in harmony with Him, but to also learn how to follow Him as His Holy Spirit leads us one step at a time.
This ministry exists solely for the purpose of spreading the Good News of the Gospels, to make Jesus' name known, and helping others to grow in the whole counsel of the Word of God.
Equipping * Encouraging * Teaching * & Coaching
Jesus shows us that “disciple-making” happens where life happens, and not only in the church (or a classroom). Too often people allow a distinction between the sacred and the secular; and feel that “religion” should be left at home, and doesn’t need to come into the work place; however this has caused a great breakdown in our families (and communities). It has also caused us to “compromise” instead of “setting the bar.” Many also believe that it is only for “ministers” to share the Good News about Jesus, and so don’t feel comfortable with just sharing their faith with others. Also many well meaning Christians sit in church (and are preached to), but they fail to see how God’s Word applies to their everyday life. And sadly, many have become satisfied with just “hearing” a little bit of His Word from others, without stepping into the Word for themselves.
And finally; most people do not realize that there really is a difference between religion (or being religious), and that of being a Christian. A person can have a “religion” and even be a “very religious person.” However this doesn’t make them a Christian, or even mean that they have an actual relationship with God (there is a also a difference between knowing ABOUT GOD and having a relationship WITH GOD).To be a Christian means to accept Jesus as Lord and Savior (inside and out) of your whole life, and to offer love, support, encouragement, and friendship in a Christ-like manor. To be a Christian is to let HIS LIGHT shine through you to others, letting His leadership impact your whole life (including your way of thinking), and how you walk out your faith as a living example of what He has done for you. It means to be filled with HIS HOLY SPIRIT, and not "self." And it also means to have a heart for God's people, because you truly have a heart for God.
God expects His people to set the bar and be an example. Yes, we are to live IN this world, but we aren't suppose to be OF this world. We aren't suppose to live in defeat, but to be overcomers because Jesus has already overcome the world. However, God also desires that not only do we become “overcomes” but to bear abundant (and long lasting) fruit, by living Victoriously through Christ. There by also letting His light shine through us to others.
But how can we expect new Christians (who have accepted Christ) to live in a Christ-like manor, unless someone shows them how, and teaches them not only how to grow in God’s Word, but how it applies to them? This is why it is so important to offer a hand in friendship, support, and fellowship, but to also FEED these new Believers who are HUNGRY for God... and help them to begin to WALK in the WAY of faith, that will make lasting change not only their own lives... but the lives around them.
When a giraffe is born, the mother is standing up, so when the baby comes out, the first thing it does is hit the floor! All to often, many “baby Christians” hit the floor after they have “come to Christ” because no one is there to nurture them and lead them (and teach them) how to move forward in the “new” that has come to them. They either are not given the “milk of God’s Word” until they are ready for the “meat of God’s Word”, or they are ONLY given the “milk” and never grow into “mature Christians. So it is in hope that this foundational ministry can come along side those desiring to “walk out” their new life, and be fed in appropriate stages so that they can grow into stronger (more mature) Christians, and then they can become a catalyst for someone else.
These were more fair-minded than those in Thessalonica,
in that they received the word with all readiness, and searched the Scriptures
daily to find out whether these things were so.
Acts 17:11 (NKJV)
Another all to common (and sad) happening is that Christians are fed “some truth” and “watered down” versions of God’s Word, and are misled in what God’s Word really says (and means). In their eagerness to “learn” they jump on any lesson that “sounds good” but they have no idea if what they are hearing is accurate. Often times a “Christian Message” is really “man made with man’s own idea” and wrapped up with a Scripture to look (and sound) authentic. God’s Word says that His people perish because of lack of knowledge… often people only settle for “hearing the Word” but never delve into God’s Word personally to confirm a true Word, thereby falling for “false Words.” So it is the desire of this ministry to help others study Scriptures for themselves, so that they can sift the message given to them, and know truth, and not fall for something that sounds good, but really isn’t on the mark.
And then one last thing; many times when storms hit (and the waves become overwhelming), it is easy to lose sight of God and sink in the midst of the sea. When the waves start hammering a person, and it seems like they are getting bombarded in every direction…. It is easy to stumble and wonder “where is God?”
Often when people are going through loss, grief, or just changes in life, they look for help and find “words of wisdom” that do NOT pertain to God. When people start struggling and begin to lose hope, it is easy to fall into a “worldly view” of someone else’s perspective. Also, many think that the church is just a place for worship (and for those who “have it all together), and they don’t realize that the church is also a hospital for the broken and down-trodden. So, they look for “counseling” (and help) from those who may give them really good advice, but not Godly Counsel, and they fail to realize (and miss out) on the ONE TRUE person standing there with His hand held out. In seeking help, most people “look to other people” and miss the whisper of God saying “Here I Am…” So it is important that those called to have a compassionate heart for the weary to BRING them to Jesus (just as Andrew often did), and let the help of the Holy Spirit bring healing and renewed hope. We are called to be vessels, and walk with them (and to intercede in prayer for them), but not to be the “go between.” We are not their Savior (or even the actual counselor), Jesus is.
As stated before, God gives each of us different gifts to help edify the whole body of Christ. So, we want to help provide resources that some church bodies may not have access to.
- For instance, what if a church body doesn’t have someone on staff as a Biblical counselor, is it wrong for someone to come to a secondary place (like our ministry) for help? No, it’s not, because again, we are not trying to replace their church home, but to enhance it. In the same regards, many churches do not have the library resources for members to use in their studies, so it fellow brother and sisters want to come and study with us, and use ours, they are welcome to.
>> And then one last point: Jesus said that there were many of His sheep who were not in the fold, and so we desire to help bring them back in, while helping others to simply learn how to share God’s Word, wherever God has called them to be. We believe that in order to do this, one must be equipped with the necessary tools (and resources), so as to become a fruitful, disciple-making leader (and vessel) within the “field” God has placed them in, whether that be a church, workplace, campus, home, or even on a missionary trip to a foreign country.
>> Please Note: We are not trying to somehow compete with the church, but to support her. Nor are we trying to replace any church (or lead people away from “going to church”). We feel that “going to church” is very important. However, we also believe that we all make up the “Body of Christ” which IS HIS CHURCH, who is considered “His Bride.” Sometimes people forget that the church is WHO WE ARE, and not where we go (or what we do)….
You see, we (His people) ARE THE CHURCH, and we GO to worship with other believers; we GO to have fellowship with the body of Christ (and a specific part of the church body) that God has planted us in, and we GO to serve and grow the body of Christ (His Church) where (and with a specific part of the church body) God would have us to be a part of.
Something else to consider is this: We also need to make sure that we go where GOD would plant us, so that we can help edify others (and grow ourselves). We believe God gives each of us certain abilities, and then desires to intertwine us in specific church bodies, so that we can enhance each other. Just as the human body has many parts, so does the Body of Christ, and just as the different parts of the human body work together for the overall good… so does the church body (see 1 Cor. 12 for example, and Rom. 12:6-8).
- In saying this: just because our best friend is called to worship (and serve) with a specific church body, does not necessarily mean that it is the same part of the church body God would have us to serve in. He MAY put us together in the same church home, but if He doesn’t, this doesn’t mean they are no longer our brother/sister in Christ. It just means that God has us serving with/ or helping a different part of the body, but overall we are ALL part of ONE BODY, and that is the body of Christ (see Rom. 12:4-5).
- Consider Eph 4:1-16: therefore, a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called, 2 with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, 3 eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.4 There is one body and one Spirit—just as you were called to the one hope that belongs to your call— 5 one Lord, one faith, one baptism, 6 one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all. 7 But grace was given to each one of us according to the measure of Christ's gift. 8 Therefore it says, “When he ascended on high he led a host of captives, and he gave gifts to men. 9 (In saying, “He ascended,” what does it mean but that he had also descended into the lower regions, the earth? 10 He who descended is the one who also ascended far above all the heavens, that he might fill all things.) 11 And he gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the shepherds and teachers, 12 to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ, 13 until we all attain to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to mature manhood, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ, 14 so that we may no longer be children, tossed to and fro by the waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by human cunning, by craftiness in deceitful schemes. 15 Rather, speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ, 16 from whom the whole body, joined and held together by every joint with which it is equipped, when each part is working properly, makes the body grow so that it builds itself up in love (taken from the ESV translation).
Instead of being so caught up in “where do you go to church” as if that in its self is the stigma, it should be “where do you go to have worship service?” Or “where do you go for fellowship with the other church members…?” AND, “are you fellowshipping with others who believe, and are following in the WAY of Faith-- which is in Christ Himself?”
>> So again, we are not trying to “replace going to church” however, we do believe that even those who considered themselves to be “church goers” need to be able to grow in their OWN personal relationship with God, and have deeper understanding of His Word, so that they can mature in their walk.
- A person can have a wonderful Bible teaching pastor where they go to worship service at… And this person may learn a lot about God’s Word, and about God Himself… However, if that person never fully dives into the WORD OF GOD personally, then that person has a 2nd hand knowledge of what God’s Word says, and even more winds up having a 2nd hand relationship with God (through the pastor).
- This is not to knock pastors (by any mean) because as shepherds, they are very important to the body of Christ, as are Biblical teachers and other ministry servants…. The point being made is that if we limit our hearing the Word of God only from those on a platform, then we miss the one-on-one relationship with God He desires to have with us. Consider the Bereans: Paul was a VERY powerful teacher of God’s Word, yet these people STILL went back and studied the Scriptures for themselves to SEE if what they were being taught was inline with the truth of what God’s Word said… and in doing so, they personally grew in His Word (see Acts 17).
Keep in mind too, that, “having fellowship with other believers” is not limited to just Sunday services. Which is another reason why we want to be able to offer opportunities (and resources) to help those in their walk with God. Because, quite frankly, sometimes people do miss the opportunity to make it to a Sunday service because of things that can’t be helped… for instance certain jobs like police officers/fire fighters, health care providers, and then parents with SICK kids, or caregivers (and others who are housebound)…. So what then? What about the moms whose only time for fellowship is while they are sitting at the park with their kids… or those who would really like to do a small group Bible study, but can’t make it when everyone else can…. SO, we desire to offer a pair of hands to hold in fellowship (and friendship) with Christ-like love, to those who need “extended church bodies.”
Sadly, many people "call themselves Christians" but they don't really know God, nor do they want to live a life for (and with) God. They want the "perks" but don't walk with the real meaning of having God in their lives. They want to be "a good person" but still live according to their own rules of what "they deem good." This is not a life that is truly committed to God, and this is not a way of faith that leads to God. And it is NOT a life that is truly victorious (no matter how successful they may appear to be).Sadly many have bought into the saying that "God helps them who helps themselves..." and "all roads lead to heaven, so we should all just try and get along and respect everyone's different views..." How are they suppose to know the difference if they are not taught the truth of God's Word, and the WAY of Christ?
following the Pathway of Faith
to Spiritual Health and Healing
as we come to Know God, Believe God, and Worship who God Is
Listen in your heart as the Lord whispers to you,
"All that you need... I AM."
Biblically Equipping * Encouraging
*Teaching* and Life Coaching