Church Care Team
How can your church help?
The Jericho Commission seeks churches who will partner with us in our re-entry ministry assisting participants successfully return to their home community. We also assist in the participant in their search for an acceptable church home. This is done through church care teams.
What is a Church Care Team?
A church care team consists of compassionate individuals, within their church, who willingly provide accountability for mentors in their ministry with participants; serve as a liaison between the mentors and the pastoral staff; enforce the Jericho Commission guidelines for the re-entry ministry; encourage an accepting atmosphere for participants; and encourage and pray for the participants, mentors and the ministry. Churches who establish church care teams also support the Jericho Commission ministry.
You can still mentor if your church doesn't have a Church Care Team. See the information abour our in-house care team.
How can we establish a church care team?
1. Contact Jericho Commission to have one our speakers come to your church service, prayer group, or deacon/elder/trustee meeting to present the ministry.
2. Any members who are interested in mentoring will attend a training session. They will receive a certificate that will be valid for 6 months. If a Mentor/Volunteer application is not completed and submitted to Jericho Commission with a spiritual gift inventory and a pastoral referral via fax @ 417-877-7930 or mailed to PO Box 3067, Springfield, MO 65808 within six months of the training completion, the training will no longer be valid. If an application is received after six months then retraining will be required.
3. Once the Volunteer/Mentor application and pastoral referral are received, Jericho Commission will do a background check and submit the information to our Screening and Assessment team for assessment. A telephone or in person interview will be conducted after which a decision will be made.
4. After a mentor is accepted he is assigned to a Jericho Commission in-house care team for training and mentoring assignment. We have no control over how many participants we receive or whether male or female. There may be a waiting time. There will be monthly meetings where mentors discuss their experiences and fellowship.
5. When a mentor has successfully mentored for six months he is eligible to be a Church Care Team leader. At this point Jericho Commission works with the mentor in establishing a Church Care Team, which includes the mentor recruiting two other mentors. When these two mentors are trained and have a minimum of three months mentoring experience a team is formed.
6. The Church Care Team will have their own meetings and continue to grow. Jericho Commission has a Church Care Team Administrator who works with Church Care Teams in further growth and is the liaison between the church and Jericho Commission.
7. After the Church Care Team is established the church then supports Jericho Commission financially.
Here are some of our Church Care Teams:
· Evangel Temple – Springfield, MO
· Central Assembly of God – Springfield, MO
· Elizabeth Ann Seaton Catholic – Springfield, MO
· Redeemer Lutheran - Springfield, MO
· Springfield Community - Springfield, MO
· Parkcrest/Calvary Temple Assembly of God - Springfield, MO
· Fellowship Bible Church - Rogersville, MO
· Schweitzer United Methodist Church - Springfield, MO
There are other churches who do not have the resources to provide Church Care Teams but support the ministry through prayer.
Let us know if you are interested in a Church Care Team for your church.