12 S Terrace Ave
Columbus, OH 43204
Thursdays, 7:00pm – 8:00pm
“Authentic relationships with those in need have a way of correcting the we-will-rescue-you mindset and replacing it with mutual admiration and respect.”
How to Be a Refuge Coach
Anyone who has the time and energy for an intentional relationship.
- Bible-believing follower of Jesus
- Refuge Ministries staff will match you with two guys in Phase 3
- Once-a-week/Wednesday nights
- At least a 6-month commitment
- Refuge is a place for the broken, the poor, the downtrodden. We can’t just have good theology though—we have to be intentional about living it out by pursuing relationships.
- Our goal is to simply be intentional about bringing Phase 3 Refuge guys into the Body of Christ by organizing and forming friendships that offer support, resources, and advise.
- Touch base weekly. This is not a rule, but a guideline. Do not obsess about what you will say or do; just be a faithful friend.
- Pray daily for him and ask for opportunities to serve and lead this individual towards Christ.
- As believers, we trust God’s call to be good stewards of our finances. Your role as an Advocate is to help guide him specifically in the area of personal finances.
- Once or twice a month, specifically discuss finances.
- Fill out a Plan of Action the first time you meet.
- Hold them accountable to their goals and walk hand-in-hand with them, providing the support necessary for them to make hard decisions and stop old habits.
Wes Thompson, Pastor at the West Congregation
Interview with Wes Thompson
In the audio clips below, Pastor Wes Thompson talks about the challenges the church faces when discipling people with substance abuse addiction.
Substance abuse is an epidemic in Ohio. In 2013, four people died each day from heroin. Now it’s twelve. Listen above as Pastor Wes Thompson tells us more about the seriousness of the drug epidemic.
“For some reason, healthy people with hearts full of compassion
forget fundamentals when it comes to building relationships with those they attempt to serve. Forging ahead to meet a need, we often ignore the basics: mutuality, reciprocity, accountability. In doing so, relationships turn toxic.”
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