Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you” Matthew 28:19-20a (ESV)
I believe that every worthy endeavor has its foundation in this Great Commission. Truly, this is the overall mission of the Church. But where does Glenhaven’s mission to “care for children and families in their distress” fit into this overall mission? We know that when families endure difficulties, they are either drawn closer to Jesus or distracted away from him. At Glenhaven, we endeavor to guide families through their crisis into a closer relationship with Jesus. In this way, our mission is one part of the overall mission of the Church. Glenhaven does not approach churches and say, “We need you to help us in our mission.” Instead, we come alongside churches and offer, “Here is how we can help you in this Great Commission!”
Equipping the Church through HOPE and CARE
Nearly one year ago, we launched two “pilot” programs: Homes Of Peace & Encouragement (HOPE) and Communities And RElationships (CARE). The results were significant: preventing the need for state intervention and creating experiences where children and families can thrive! With these proven programs, we now aim to engage the community. Like Jesus’ disciple-making disciples, Glenhaven has set out to coordinate the community to care for children and families. Many churches have the desire to reach those in need, but lack the capacity. We can provide the expertise, structure, oversight, and resources for mature individuals and couples to be Youth Mentors, Family Coaches, and Host Parents for children and families.