It’s been an amazing journey. We’ve had the privilege of seeing God change lives right here in our own city, region and around the world. Our focus is on helping anyone willing to go deeper into their healing journey with Christ. We do so by teaching, resourcing and praying for those whom God appoints. From the churched, the de-churched, and the un-churched. We’re also called to serve those experiencing homelessness and to the Mission Community at large. Ministering to the one the “world” views as the last, the least, or the left out.
What: At Embracing Brokenness Ministries we’ve been commissioned to bring the message of healing to a broken world. To authentically bear witness to what God has done in our individual lives as an encouragement to believers who seek to learn more about what they were created for and more about the God who did the creating. To guide others in their healing journey where most believers get stifled. For believers to experience true intimacy with God. The way He always intended. For unbelievers to consider another way. A way that they may not have been exposed to in the past, focused entirely on the love of Christ.
How: We accomplish this by supporting the needs of others directly through teaching, writing, speaking, resourcing them inside and outside of the ministry, and providing practical tools that encourage a more intimate relationship with Christ. One that delves deeper into the brokenness experienced in this life and how the deepest longing of our souls as humans can be met in a loving God who wants to walk and talk with us as He intended from the beginning. We deliver Gods message in-person, on our website, blog, and other social media outlets including our YouTube Channel.
Who: Our desire is to walk alongside each person in our sphere of influence but predominantly —the least, the last, and the left out. Those individuals with limited or no resources that would enable them to go deeper into the journey toward freedom in Christ. Our primary focus is to work with those experiencing homelessness and those incarcerated in prison.
Life beats us up. All of us. It wounds us. From an early age every experience, good or bad, impacts how we view ourselves and how we view God. The lens through which we interpret life is distorted. The battle began when we bit that darn fruit in the Garden of Eden, deciding we wanted to be like God. Instead, we got a view of evil that God never intended. How could we? We had no idea what evil was. We weren’t created for it.
Since that fateful day, we’ve been doing everything we can to reconnect with God. Let’s face it, we live in a world at war. Squaring off with an enemy that seeks to destroy us through lies, deceit, and distortions of truth.
The challenge is to embrace the broken places in ourselves. The wounded and traumatized places where life-altering experiences occurred through the influence of others or through our own choices. Healing from those wounds comes only through a posture of intimacy with God. One that allows Jesus to step into those hurts and re-interpret life from His vantage point, calling out our true identity as Child of God.
Psalm 139: 23-24. The Passion Translation provides a contemporary interpretation of the message we bring to all who would hear.
23 God, I invite your searching gaze into my heart. Examine me through and through; find out everything that may be hidden within me. Put me to the test and sift through all my anxious cares. 24 See if there is any path of pain I’m walking on, and lead me back to your glorious, everlasting ways—the path that brings me back to you.
Validated through a study by the Barna Group in 2016, The Christian church has been a cornerstone of American life for centuries but much has changed in the last 30 years. Americans are attending church less, and more people are experiencing and practicing their faith outside of its four walls.
Furthermore, After more than 15,000 telephone surveys, George Barna distilled his findings and conclusions in a book, Maximum Faith: Live Like Jesus, revealing a 10-Stop Journey. Sadly, only a small percentage of those individuals that consider themselves Christians have engaged in the majority of the “stops”.
Knowing the purpose of the journey is critical. “You’re not likely to experience full transformation if you don’t know what it is and are not devoted to its pursuit,” Barna cautioned. “Most Christians mirror cultural goals, desiring happiness, comfort, security, belonging, and popularity. Surprisingly few are focused on completely cooperating with God to experience the kind of whole-life transformation described in the Bible and made possible only through a partnership with God. The lack of understanding of the goals of a truly Christian life prevents people from making the extraordinary life transition that is possible.”
Every person is on a spiritual journey of some sort. Most people who consider themselves to be Christians, regardless of their level of spiritual maturity, are entangled in more of a circular journey than a consistently progressive route. It seems inevitable, based on the research, that people will encounter the frustration of regressing along the way.
Transformation is like a tug of war, where an individual has periods of sustained progress followed by periods of dramatic retreat to levels of lesser maturity and capability. How a person handles each period of regression determines their transformational potential.
Barna continues. “An individual cannot transform himself, nor can a church transform a person. That work can only be done by God, through the empowerment and direction of the Holy Spirit. But God is eager to partner with those who will cooperate with Him. Understanding what God seeks to do in our lives is a critical step toward not becoming seduced and sidetracked by mere religious activity. The richness of the journey is found in the experience of progressing through the challenges of the process in the company of God.”
Our Mission at EBM is to encourage and guide those that choose to engage in their healing journey. It’s a requirement for experiencing the freedom the Bible speaks about and the practical joy and rest that comes with a commitment to embrace our brokenness. To take the deep dive necessary to know the Love of God leading to the ability to truly love others – the greatest commandment given us by Christ Himself.
Embracing Brokenness Ministries is an MCP of Capstone Legacy Foundation, a Section 501(c)(3) Christian Community Foundation, affording all who contribute to EBM the tax-deductibility of their donations.