Week Two Capstone Project Milestone by Linda Jones
Faith-Based Substance Abuse Ministry
• Freely provide a loving home with an environment for women who have struggled with alcohol and drug addiction.
• Offer refuge to women in crisis believing these women can be restored to physical, emotional, and spiritual wholeness through the love of Christ.
• Provide biblical trauma counseling and addiction groups in order to equip women to change the mindset of being no value.
• Provide unconditional acceptance of these women and have a judgment-free facility.
• Provide life-skill classes and parenting classes.
• Provide visitation with children whether in DFACS or with a family member. Our goal is to restore women with their children.
• Provide a transitional home after graduation with minimal rent.
• Deliver finance classes to help women maintain a healthy and frugal style of living.
• Make available resources for criminal record expungement and employment.
• Provide sound doctrine from volunteers who teach Bible studies.
• To help in establishing a servant/leadership attitude.
• Organize a plan for after graduation called “The Next Chapter”. This will include old behavior and triggers they may face when returning home. It is important that the women write these out to be able to recognize the negative signs they may encounter. What are the expectations from family members along with the women? How will our women go back into the same place and be able to maintain sobriety? These are questions we will go over with the family with the resident present.
Statement of Faith or Mission Statement
We stand on the infallible truth of God’s written Word, the Bible. We believe in the Holy Trinity which is included by God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. We will conduct a ministry to worship the One and only God of the universe, and we will commit to holding the hands of our women until we journey home to heaven. Our mission is to build each other up, as the body of Christ should do, and to hold each other accountable according to God’s Holy Scripture.
“A credo is a personal belief or passion that centers an individual.” (Carver, 2017). I believe in the power of a saving Messiah by the name of Jesus Christ. I believe that through His saving blood on a cross that I have been rescued. I believe by fully surrendering my life to Him I am able to remain clean and sober. I believe Christ is the Cornerstone of the Christian faith. I believe in the powerful legacy of how a grandmother can leave her grandchildren by following and praying to Jesus Christ. I believe marriage was intended for one man and one woman as laid out in the book of Genesis.
I believe that relationships are a part of God’s plan for life. It is my belief that people do better when they have a support team. We are designed to live in connection with others, to encourage one another, and to build each other up. It is imperative that I learn that none of us are perfect (not perfectionism), learn to see myself as Jesus does (not narcissism), and also learn to admit and own the wrong that I have done (not denial). By reaching out to others we can find our way back to truth. The way to true freedom is in repentance for sin. I believe that once true repentance has occurred, God will remember my sin no longer. He casts our sin as far as the east is from the West.
I believe that God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit are One. I believe in the Holy Trinity of our heavenly Father. There is one Jesus, and He is the only begotten Son of God as stated in John 3:16 “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in Him will have eternal life.” Only by the shedding of His perfect blood is there remission of sins. Only by the sacrificial death on the cross, by Jesus Christ, is there any way I can get to the Father. Jesus left His Spirit as He ascended into heaven to help guide us along the right way.
I put my hope, trust, and faith in God alone. For only He truly knows who I am. I believe God is the Creator of the universe, and it is by Him we can be made whole. There is no gap theory, big-bang theory, or evolution theory. Only the Creation fact.
Philosophy of Ministry
“A philosophy of ministry is a set of unalterable principles that determines how you will function in your ministry” (bing.com).
My philosophy will include John Chapter 4. This chapter tells of a story of the woman at the well. This shows that Jesus loved this woman where she was. He knew of her sins and gave her forgiveness for all her sins. The woman speaks to Jesus knowing that the Samaritans, at that time, did not associate with the Hebrew people. It was taboo. The Samaritan people came about by the Israelites having children with other nations. This was forbidden by God. But Jesus broke the racist mold by interacting with this woman. It was especially forbidden for a man to speak to a woman of the night. A woman who had been married and divorced and was not married to the man she was living with. This could have caused a scandal back at this time in history. Jesus broke away from the mold of the times. He was there to forgive sins and to meet others where they are. We do not have to clean up to come to Jesus, He does the cleaning up when we surrender our lives to Him. My philosophy is that we must love others where they are. Jesus never said we had to get perfect before coming to Him. My philosophy is about forgiveness and helping each other along the way. Even when we fail, we must be there to pick each other up.
“Prayer is a necessity for any ministry to continue God’s work effectively. Prayer needs to be focused in two major areas: ministry and personal life. Each aspect of ministry, each program and event need to be bathed in prayer.” (Randleman, 2011). The value of a philosophy of ministry will help in “effectiveness, passion, organization and intentionality.” (Randleman, 2011). This will help in keeping a focus on the ministry as a whole. Transparency and equipping others will bring value to our philosophy which will in turn promote godly leaders.
“The pastoral aspect of ministry is sometimes very different from the teaching/equipping side of ministry. Love is a major part of pastoring and a philosophy of ministry. I have to love enough to forgive. I have to love enough to confront and discipline. I have to love enough to comfort. God desires us to rejoice when others rejoice, and to weep when they weep.” (Randleman, 2011). We must disciple the young, or even the old, and keep the Church as the cornerstone of why we do what we do.
We believe that by being saved, we are held together by the power of God. This salvation does not mean we have a license to sin, but that by God’s grace and mercy, because of Jesus’ death on the cross, we are made into God’s image. Romans 6:15-22 tells us “What then? Are we to sin because we are not under law but under grace? By no means! Do you not know that if you present yourselves unto anyone as obedient slaves, you are slaves of the one whom you obey, either of sin, which leads to death, or of obedience, which leads to righteousness? But thanks be to God, that you who were once slaves of sin have become obedient from the heart to the standard of teaching to which you were committed, and, having been set free from sin, have become slaves of righteousness. So I am speaking in human terms, because of your natural limitations. For just as you once presented your members as slaves to impurity and to lawlessness leading to more lawlessness, so now present your members as slaves to righteousness leading to sanctification. For when you were slaves of sin, you were free in regard to righteousness. But what fruit were you getting at that time from the things of which you are now ashamed? For the end of those things is death. But now that you have been set free from sin and have become slaves of God, the fruit you get leads to sanctification and its end, eternal life.”
Philosophy of Ministry Principles
• The ministry will function by guidelines in Scripture.
• The ministry will be guided by Scriptural content. If not, the purpose will be drawn away by personal influences.
• We will not be program driven, but God driven.
• This ministry was established to love women as Christ loves, and see them through the eyes of Jesus, just as He did for the woman at the well.
• Guidance in biblical principles will the focus of our team.
• Guide our ministry through growth and maturity in Christ.
• God will be the center of our vision. If we do not do this we will never grow spiritually.
• Our goal is to teach and train up disciples and teachers so that they, in turn, can build and raise up others godly leaders.
• Growth in the area of speaking truth with the love of Christ.
• Development in one’s loyalty and devotion to Christ.
• We believe God can transform the lives of people through the love of Christ, and through Christian discipleship.
• Every believer has a gift, or many gifts, given to them by God. We want to use these gifts as they are needed in our ministry. We want our women to influence the home. It is my belief that women have the most influence in the home today. If we reach the woman, we reach the home. If we reach the home, we can change the world. This is the goal of this ministry.
• Our ministry will help train up leaders and prayer warriors to stand in the gap for others and our world.
Establishing a home for women to come to and live while they are getting life-skills, Bible-based theology, and learning to allow God to change their mindsets. It is not just about staying off drugs or alcohol. It is about a whole new lifestyle. A whole new mindset as they learn to take their thoughts captive and bring them into submission of Jesus Christ. It is about learning to trust in a Savior that loves us unconditionally. Just as Jesus loved the woman at the well and how He offered her the Living water regardless of her past sins.
Carver, N. (2017). How to Write a Credo Essay. Retrieved on September 12, 2018 from
Randleman, J. (2011). My Current Philosophy of Ministry. Retrieved on September 17, 2018