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Ten Reasons Your Church Should Have a Nursing Home Ministry

  1. It is the command of our King Jesus, to believe Him enough to reach out in love to those who are less fortunate and in need. 1 John 3:23 And this is his command: to believe in the name of his Son, Jesus Christ, and to love one another as he commanded us.

  2. The people in nursing homes are starving for Christian fellowship. Psalms 38:11 My friends and companions avoid me because of my wounds; my neighbors stay far away.

  3. If we were in a place where we could not get out to go to church, we would want others to bring the church to us. James 2:8 If you really keep the royal law found in Scripture, “Love your neighbor as yourself,” you are doing right.

  4. Nursing home ministry gives us the opportunity to touch the very heart of God. Matthew 25:40 “The King will reply, `I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.’”

  5. Nursing-home ministry gives Christians who desire to serve God but believe they have little or nothing to offer, a chance to discover that they truly do have much to offer. 1 Corinthians 12:4-7 & 11 There are different kinds of gifts, but the same Spirit. There are different kinds of service, but the same Lord. There are different kinds of working, but the same God works all of them in all men. Now to each one the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the common good. 11 All these are the work of one and the same Spirit, and he gives them to each one, just as he determines.

  6. Nursing home ministry gives the church an opportunity to be a witness of Christ’s character in its own community. John 13:35 By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”

  7. If each church would faithfully and consistently reach out to just one nursing home, the people living there would not die of spiritual malnutrition! There are less than 20,000 skilled care nursing homes and more then 350,000 churches in America. Over two thousand people die in nursing homes each day, many without a friend to hold their hand. James 1: 27 Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.

  8. When following the guidelines taught by God Cares, nursing home ministry can impact over one hundred people each week; yet it is one of the least expensive ministries to maintain. Mark 4:31-32 It is like a mustard seed, which is the smallest seed you plant in the ground. Yet when planted, it grows and becomes the largest of all garden plants, with such big branches that the birds of the air can perch in its shade.”

  9. It is wrong for us to know of people in our community that are in such desperate need and turn our backs on them. James 4:17 Anyone, then, who knows the good he ought to do and doesn’t do it, sins.

  10. When a church’s outreach program is rooted in the desire to increase its membership, it is giving to get something in return. Reaching out only to potential members is not necessarily rooted in charity. Therefore, Christians who do not have selfless love motives as a priority are not only a poor testimony to the world; they do not and cannot know God, because God is love. 1John 4:7-8 &16b Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love. 16bWhoever lives in love lives in God, and God in him.

This article was taken from "God Cares News", the Bimonthly Newsletter of God Cares Ministry with permission of Bill Goodrich, President. You can receive their newsletter at a small cost by emailing Bill at

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Larry & Sandy Wasserman
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