Church of the King in Lake CharlesWow, our second road trip in 2 months. This time to a west Louisiana town called Lake Charles to visit Church of the King. This is a young church, only about a year old, but already with a strong desire to reach hurting people in their community.
They have a couple of doctors in their church who are willing to sacrifice their time to see people for free. They don't want to do this to make a name for themselves. They aren't doing it so people will say, "Look what good people they are." They do it as a 'tool' to bring the Good News to people in need. Dr. Jason and Dr. Chris are using the gifts that God gave them to show people (not just tell them) that Jesus loves them. If that is your primary goal, then how can you fail!
This is Joe and I with Pastor Todd and Lisa Schumacher, lead pastor at Church of the King. What an awesome couple with an almost palpable drive to reach people to show them Jesus. I watched Pastor Todd speak with each patient as they left the clinic, pray with many of them, and walk them back to their car. I even heard a conversation with one of their volunteers offering to go pick up the son of one of the patients to bring him to church the next day because he didn't have a car.
Leadership Network has researched churches with successful health care ministries and found that there are 3 key components that are common to all of them. First is a person with the calling and drive to work through the challenges to see this type of ministry become a reality. I see this in Dr. Jason and his wife. The second is that the senior pastor also shares this vision and willing to support the ministry. I certainly see that in Pastor Todd, as I am blessed to have the support of Pastor Dino at Healing Place Church.
The third component of a successful health care ministry is a committed volunteer base. Well, here is a picture of the servants of the first clinic at Church of the King. The first of many!!
Thank you for the opportunity to get to know you and show you what we do. All for HIS glory!