Genuine nurturing care fulfills most of the fundamental human needs. Those who experience that they are loved and accepted develop trust and become more open and receptive. Caring churches take care of their fellow human beings and build a supportive community because they see it as their mission to love as Jesus loved and to bring healing to others. Young people in particular need to experience a loving, caring and supportive faith community. Nurturing care draws people into the mutual responsibility of taking care of each other. It doesn’t matter to other people how much good and correct knowledge we have, they need to experience it!
Caring churches are committed to supporting those who have been entrusted to them in their spiritual growth so that one day these can say: “This is my church!” Authentic nurturing care includes both prayer and practical help of all kinds. A caring attitude makes churches sensitive to the spiritual and other diverse needs of their fellow human beings.
“Christ's method alone will give true success in reaching the people. The Saviour mingled with men [women, and children] as one who desired their good. He showed His sympathy for them, ministered to their needs, and won their confidence. Then He bade them, ‘Follow Me’.”