Incorporating Soul Care into the Membership Process at Clifton Park Baptist Church in Silver Spring, Maryland
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This project sought to incorporate soul care into the membership process at Clifton Park Baptist Church in Silver Spring, Maryland. Chapter 1 presents the ministry context of Clifton Park and the purpose, rationale, and goals of the project. Chapter 2 provides the biblical basis for the project, which is grounded in Jesus’ ministry actions in Matthew 9:35-36 and in His declaration in Luke 5:31 that the sick need a physician. The project also finds support in Jesus’ soul care actions in John 4:1-42 and in Luke 8:40-48 and 19:1-10, and in His soul care mandate in John 13:1-17. Chapter 3 presents the need for soul care in churches, presenting the why of the approach, and provides direction in how the church can prepare itself to perform this ministry. Chapter 4 provides the timeline for the project and the specific actions needed to bring it to fruition. Chapter 5 evaluates the project based on the completion of the goals and the stated purpose for its implementation. It is hoped that this project can help to create a soul care way of being within and outside the walls of Clifton Park Baptist Church.