There are over 50 instructions or exhortations in the New Testament on how to treat one another. In various places we are given directives to encourage, build up, comfort and support one another. Here are two examples:
- John 13:34-35 (NIV) – A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this, all men will know that you are my disciples if you love one another.
- Rom 15:7 (NIV) – Accept one another, then, just as Christ accepted you, in order to bring praise to God.
The ministry of Merimnao focuses on how to put these instructions into practice in the lives of individuals who are experiencing difficulty and who are seeking to heal.
This is how we do it
There are two components to how we function. The first is developing, maintaining and improving a safe environment for our various sub-ministries to operate. The leadership is responsible for carrying out the tasks to execute this environment by:
- Identifying and qualifying ministry leaders
- Providing ongoing education and training
- Applying ongoing oversight and accountability
- Furnishing financial, physical and logistical resources
- Supplying spiritual and emotional support and encouragement
The second part of our ministry efforts involves caring for brokenhearted individuals. This is mostly accomplished through the use of support groups and meetings that are led by a member of the leadership team of Merimnao. Visit our Groups page to learn more about our meetings and support groups.
There are some commonalities or characteristics that all groups will have:
- All groups under the Merimnao umbrella will be conducted as Christian groups; no secular or other oriented groups will be permitted.
- All groups are subject to the supervision and spiritual authority of the Merimnao leadership.
- All group leaders are approved by the leadership team of Merimnao.
Other activities of the ministry will focus on one-on-one care. This might include mentoring or sponsoring someone in a 12-step program. Any person wanting to sponsor someone else should be approved by their sponsor or by the Merimnao ministry.
Merimnao leaders are not therapists or counselors and may not offer these services – we are simply vessels to guide other who have been through similar situations. Formal psychological therapy is conducted by counselors who are individually licensed by the state. Merimnao maintains a separate fund to assist individuals in the cost of counseling, and a list of local counselors is available from the ministry administrator.