The Open Door

The Open Door

The church of Philadelphia in Revelation 3 was just a small and feeble church by many standards. Their “strength was little” and I imagine they often felt inadequate and unable. Yet, this letter indicates that their faithfulness did not waiver. It was on the basis of this commitment that God promised the church an open door of opportunity to advance God’s kingdom. Work as a chaplain is often about feeling inadequate and unable, yet faithfully planting seeds and watering where God is at work. Four months ago, Corporate Care was given the opportunity to enter into a new partnership with a business in town. God in his faithfulness was opening another door! James at Nordstrom’s Automotive From early on, signs were clear that God was at work in this business. Many of the employees were facing very difficult trials, but the Lord was quickly opening hearts and opportunities to read the Bible, share about God’s promises and pray with employees. Late in the fall, one executive leader shared that severe illness had struck their body. The news was shocking and saddening. Our chaplain, by God’s grace, was actually in the building the day the news was received. In God’s timing, our chaplain was able to meet with the entire executive team, bring words of hope through Psalm 62 and pray for strength, resolve and peace as they wrestled with the news. Through this open door, the following week, God further allowed Corporate Care to share the hope of the gospel with the entire company through a staff wide meeting of prayer. It’s God’s grace that opens a door and...
The Corporate Care Story

The Corporate Care Story

In January of 2010, God opened the door for James to minister as a part-time chaplain at a local manufacturing plant. Through the opening of one door, many doors to employees’ hearts have since been opened to Christ’s love and care. In 2013, God revealed a great opportunity and need in the Sioux Empire for workplace ministry. On October 1st, 2013, James and his family made the decision to “move” his pastoral ministry from the local church to the workplace through the birth of Corporate Care of the Sioux Empire. Corporate Care’s vision became a reality, enabling workplace leaders to offer proactive care to their employees who voluntarily seek to move out of brokenness into wholeness through our chaplain assistance program. This program incorporates on-site confidential pastoring, counseling, crisis care, hospital visits, and Bible studies, so employees become healthier and the workplace is blessed. We are also blessed to strategize with companies to foster an environment of mutual care and service both in the workplace and beyond. We are seeing a ripple-effect as we come alongside and encourage business leaders as they steward themselves for the glory of God’s kingdom. Life-impacting ministry is happening every day through Corporate Care chaplaincy at various Sioux Empire businesses. We are growing and currently offering care for over 1,000 local employees. God orchestrates lots of conversations with employees concerning their personal burdens, on their turf. Many ask for His life-giving truth in search for hope and freedom. There are multiple weekly Bible studies with dozens of employees participating, again, where they work. One beauty of these studies is that employees voluntarily spend their...