The James Brigade is a men’s ministry to recruit, train, organize and deploy teams of men that permanently adopt the widowed, single parents and others with long term needs in their church and community.
We see the James Brigade as a significant way to “help the least of these” locally. It’s an opportunity available to the majority of men in the Church. Our goal is to transform the lives of those we serve, as well as the men who serve them.
Our Key Scripture Verses:
James 1:22 Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says.
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.
James 2:18 Show me your faith without deeds, and I will show you my faith by my deeds.
How it Works:
Teams of four or five men join together and “adopt” a widow, widower, disabled, or distressed individual (the care receiver). They commit to donate 3 hours of time, one Saturday morning a month to do basic chores around the home such as clean gutters, repair steps, haul trash, fix leaky faucets or various other needed activities. Typically, all teams meet together for prayer and devotions before going out to their care receiver’s home. At the end of the morning’s work, the team gathers around and prays with their care receiver.
The difference in this program is that the relationship doesn’t end after a project is completed. Each month, the team returns to the same care receiver, so their ministry to him or her extends over months and years. The men are asked to pray for the street they are working on and to make their services available to other widowed or single parents on the street. In this way, their ministry often extends into the community.
What’s Different About this Ministry:
The men undergo orientation and training as well as background checks to insure the credibility and integrity of the program.
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