Statement of Evangelization
Statement of Evangelization
“Revealing the Heart’s Voice”
We believe that the Lord has given CPCI a specific and narrow mission. We are called to use the medical clinic model to save babies and help Moms. The tool of the medical clinic is both a great gift and a responsibility. It is a gift because it is so effective. It is a responsibility because God expects us to use it well, and he will hold us accountable. Therefore, we strive for excellence in all we do, and we strive to be focused on our mission. Like the wise virgins of Matthew 25, CPCI seeks to faithfully fulfill the role that God has given us.
We believe that when it comes to evangelization there is both the witness of our lives and the witness of our words. The two are inseparable parts of a whole. To be consistent, a believer needs to have both. However, in our experience the witness of our lives is foundational. Our words fall flat and are even scandalous when our lives donʼt line up with our words. In addition, when clients experience kindness and caring they are more open to hear our words. Therefore, in everything we do, we seek to show love of God and love of neighbor. We desire that our clients would have a tangible experience of the love of Jesus for them personally. In offering our assistance freely to our clients we pose a question to them. “Why do these people, these strangers, care about me and my baby?” The answer is that we care because God cares.
The witness of words is important too. If we are afraid to talk about our faith then it calls that faith into question. Words are most effective when in the context of a relationship. Our words should flow from our lives and be natural rather than transactional or programatic. Our staff as people of faith are encouraged as appropriate and in the context of the relationship to share their faith with clients. As part of our intake process, clients are asked/surveyed if they would like us to pray for them and for what specific intentions. Depending on the answer, our staff will respect their decision, which many times leads to a beautiful opportunity to share God’s grace and mercy through the gift of prayer.
Yet, there is an element of context that must be considered in relationship to evangelization also. Effective evangelization looks different in different circumstances. For example, the way a pastor, teacher, or small business owner would exercise evangelization within their professions is very different. Everyone expects the pastor to be out-front with his faith. However, a teacher might be actually prohibited from mentioning their faith at work. As a result, their evangelization activities might be limited to praying for students and colleagues, the witness of their lives, and waiting for someone to take the initiative. The small business owner might have more latitude to speak and display religious items in their business.
CPCI is a first and foremost a medical clinic. As an organization we are not primarily a tool of direct evangelization, beyond the daily call of all believers to be witnesses to Jesus Christ. In this sense, we are similar to a law practice. One hires a lawyer to solve a legal problem. If that lawyer happens to do their work well and happens also to be a person of faith, there can be an evangelistic element to the relationship. However, the evangelism is not primary. If the lawyerʼs primary goal is to evangelize this presents a problem. He is likely not doing the legal work well because he is not focused on it. In addition, there is a misrepresentation and element of deception to the relationship; he was hired to do one thing but is choosing to do another.
God made men free so that we could freely choose to love Him. His gift of freedom is in many ways a great mystery. God so respects our freedom that he allows us to reject him, and in the process never manipulates or coerces us. God gives us the freedom to be wrong. Therefore we seek to have the same respect for our clients. Rather than manipulate or coerce, we seek to share the truth in love. We propose the truth rather than seek to impose it. We always seek to be upfront with our clients and never to have an ulterior motive. In the end, we are convinced that our best way to “evangelize” is to use both our words and actions to be the heart, hands, and voice of Christ so that we can help our clients “reveal the heart’s voice” within themselves.
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