Congregation-based Military Ministry Programs are a step toward supporting active military and veterans of the current and past conflicts. These programs are fundamental to the success of the CareForTheTroops effort as they represent the primary participation vehicle for Congregations. It is a very key way for spreading the word and connecting with military family members in need on a local level.
The set of programs is intended to address the entire extended family members associated with the person that is or has been in the military. The programs available and outlined on this website have the following goals:
- Help the congregation members maintain an awareness of the existence and needs of those sacrificing their time and effort to support our country
- Create an environment of acceptance within the congregation for any extended family member who worships or visits the congregation; acceptance of their needs (physical, material, and spiritual), and a willingness to join in their struggles, whatever they might be.
NOTE: The way the Ministry Programs are proposed, no faith has to act in any way like another faith … no congregation has to act or have a Ministry like any other congregation … it is completely customize-able to each congregation’s desire to act … but being part of a larger networks helps build the network and allows us to share information among the active congregation that can help others learn what others are doing.
More information can be found below and updates regarding these programs will be posted as they occur. We also have posted two version of a presentation that can be used to lead a discussion of CFTT and the Congregation-Based components of this initiative to a group of congregation leaders and members.
Here is a set of documents that together form a “packet” of information useful when discussing the VFC initiative. Please use these when speaking with clergy or groups of people interested is understanding the VFC initiative.
- VFC SHORT Presentation in Powerpoint – use and modify as needed
- Causes of Concern Extra Charts – use to explain why the VFC initiative is so needed
- The VFC Letter – this is the letter that the Clergy leader needs to send in
- VFC Reasons – a pocket size 2-sided handout anwering why some VFC FAQs
- The Lastest VFC List including address and contact info
- A list of VFC Congregation names sequenced by Faith