The Church as a Healing Community

SAM_0957Last October 20, 2014, God gave me and my wife Jodi a great opportunity to serve as guests of the radio program Sa Panahon ng Paghilom aired by 702 DZAS. We shared our thoughts and our experiences in what makes the church as a healing community.

Here are some of the highlights of that talk:

What makes the church a healing community?
(22:06) “Pinakamahalaga sa church as a healing community ay hindi yung healing, hindi rin yung community, kundi yung Healer, kung sino talaga ang Healer. Ang role ko as a pastor ay madala sila at makilala nila kung sino talaga ang makapagbibigay sa kanila ng kagalingan, at makilala nila ang Panginoong Jesus. He’s the only Healer.” – Derick

What makes the church a safe place?
(27:00) “Kailangang alisin ang masks na I’m OK, you’re OK, we’re all OK, para magkaroon ng healing. Maging totoo lang sa sarili. May time naman na hindi ka OK, but that’s part of our struggles. You have to accept that. Tulungan ang bawat isa.” – Jodi

How do you navigate the tension of wanting to be true to your struggles and serving others at the same time?
(28:23) “Confession. You confess to a sister na mapagkakatiwalaan mo kung ano ang pinagdadaanan mo. And even allow that person to minister to you and to pray for you and ipadama yung acceptance ni God. Ganoon ang naging malaking tulong sa akin, na I can run to someone in our church, na sabihin ang mga pinagdadaanan ko…I don’t have to pretend.” – Jodi

What are the elements of a healing church?
(36:53) “Napakacritical ng leadership…hindi lang iyong progress ko sa holiness, na ako ang example, you follow me…But there is also strength in weakness. Na ang makita ng church ay hindi ang mga strengths ko as a pastor, kundi yung power ng Panginoon at work in my weaknesses…Meron akong group na alam nila ang pinagdadadaanan ko. Nang marealize ng church na ang pastor nila ay may weakness din pala, mas nahighlight ngayon ang power ng grace ng Panginoon.” – Derick

(41:08) “Kailangan para magkaroon ng healing, you admit na kailangan mo iyon. Ginamit ng Panginoon iyong nag-open si Derick sa church at ako din. Naencourage ang iba na mag-open din. To admit that they need to experience healing sa kanilang buhay. Nakita nila na hindi nila kaya sa sarili nila…Akala kasi natin kapag bago kang Christian, dapat maganda ang testimony mo sa ibang tao. Tuloy ikaw, nagiging parang ikaw ang bida…Pero ang Christian life ay growing in grace. Hindi lang iyong externals but really the heart…Kapag nakikita natin yung need natin, yung weaknesses natin, mas nakikita natin na ganito pala ang pagmamahal ng Panginoon sa atin, mas lumalim ang appreciation ko sa grace ni God sa akin sa pag-admit ko ng aking weaknesses.” – Jodi

How about your deepest struggles that you cannot share with many people?
(46:48) Hindi ko naman kailangang sabihin sa lahat ng members. Meron akong Fight Club…may kasama akong pastors ng ibang church…nakikita rin nila na kailangan nila…Marami kasing panahon kaming mga pastor nagkikita tapos ang pag-uusapan lang ay ang mga magagandang nangyayari sa ministry…So we meet regularly at least twice a month…we confess our sins…hindi lang iyon, we make it a goal na pag-usapan kung sino si Jesus sa buhay namin, kung anong ginawa niya para sa amin, kung paanong siya lang ang makakapagsatisfy sa amin, siya lang ang security namin…We are on a journey…We are committed that we will fight for each other.” – Derick

10428275_796506833704700_2528365953672175601_oYou can listen to this program every Monday, 10pm-12am. If you want to know more about Living Waters, click here. If you want to know how to form a Fight Club, click here.


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