In 1941 founder Reverend Burt McCausland held City Mission’s first chapel service in a small storeroom at 404 S. Main St., Washington, PA. From that time until now the Chaplaincy program has been an integral part of ministering effectively to the men, women and children that are in our care.
City Mission’s Chaplaincy Team has come up with list of ministry guidelines for chapel volunteers to help minister effectively to homeless persons in residence that often have long-term histories of substance abuse, mental illness, abuse, cognitive and physical disabilities, etc.
Basic Biblical themes are most helpful with our homeless clients if they do the following:
- Meet clients where they are.
- Lift them up.
- Draw them to Christ.
- Generate hope.
- Emphasize grace not legalism or perfectionism.
- Stress the love of God in Christ.
- Highlight both sin and mercy aspects of redemption.
- Focus not only on conversion but the reality of the lifetime process of Christian growth in the context of sanctification, God’s correction and long-suffering.
Please contact Dr. Bob Scott Ph.D., CAADC at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information on participating in City Mission’s Chaplaincy program.