Friday, February 25, 2011

Seeking Godly Guidance from All of You

Hi, my name is Shannon. I am a recent graduate at the University of Iowa where I earned my Bachelor of Arts in Psychology. It is my hope to further my education and/or training in Biblical/Christian Counseling so I may counsel/work in a church someday or be a Biblical/Christian Counselor for a private practice. This past year my boyfriend and I had felt God lay a desire on our hearts to start (or be a part of) a ministry for the homeless. To be more specific, we feel called to feed the hungry, provide clothing and shelter for the homeless, and to be a light in a dark world to those who are hurting. Below I have included our ideas for what God has put on our hearts for ministry ideas. It would be great to get any advice on how to further this ministry or if you know of any resources or organizations that could help us, we would greatly appreciate it. The last question I have is in regards to employment. My boyfriend, Bobby, and I have recently been struggling to find a job/career in which we feel a strong passion for and where we feel God has gifted us. Bobby is currently working as a Salesperson for U.S. Cellular and I am a Residential Counselor for an organization called Family Resources (it is more into the Social Work field, rather than counseling). As I said earlier, I would love to eventually be a Biblical Counselor or even work in a church. I am just not sure where to get my foot in the door so I can make this dream a reality. Do you have any idea how I could do this? Bobby is currently working towards his Bachelors in Criminal Justice. He has mentioned that he would like to be a police officer, but since becoming a Christian he also has a desire to serve in Full-Time ministry in the church as well. Do you have any advice for him? We are both at a phase in our lives where we feel God is calling us in a new direction (whether that is related to school/job/geography) – we are just not sure what direction that is. I appreciate you taking the time to read this and I pray God blesses you and your church for being a blessing in my life.
In Christ,
It’s All About You Ministry
Purpose: reach out to those in need and share the Gospel with them; meet their needs
Vision: to see people’s lives changing through the Holy Spirit
Goal: to make a difference in people’s lives by showing God’s glory and unconditional love
Goals for Ministry:
·         Establish Bible studies (Men/Women)(Devotionals)
·         Provide food and clothing
·         Counseling: Substance Abuse, Mental Health, etc.????
·         Reaching out to those in need; being that helping hand (ex: helping people get off the streets and find a job)
·         Support Team – for comfort and guidance (always there when people walk in the door)
·          Build a team of volunteers/employees
·         Food drives
·         Donation drives
·         Grants
·         Community
·         Web site
·         Support letters
·         ???
Possible Partners????
·         King’s Harvest in Davenport, IA
·         Christian Center in Rock Island, IL
Steps we are/will be taking:
·         Getting advice and insight from friends and family, small group, etc.
·         Plugging into different ministries at Heritage (our home church)
·         Attending classes through Heritage
·         Get Bachelors/Masters in Ministry (Bobby) and/or Counseling (Shannon)


  1. I'm a member of a church which was established as a ministry to the urban poor (including the homeless). You can find out more about the church at

  2. Thank you so much for your help! We will look into this :)

  3. Great goals and aspirations!!

    Funny, Bobby wants to be a police officer but also thinking of ministry. I am a minister and sometimes think I would like to go into law enforcement! (But, I'm 51 now so doubt I will do it :)

    The homeless - my daughter is connected with a church (through her boyfriend) that collects clothing, blankets, sleeping bags, etc. for about 100 homeless they minster to. They also take food to them, enough for several days. And, they have a worship service with them. Last month, 20 showed up for the worship, then about 80 more showed up for the food and clothing! But that is ok, they are serving them. At another friend's church they house the homeless in their building once a week, and feed them. His night his tonight, so he and a couple of other guys will sleep on the pews with the homeless.

    About counseling ... check with a counselor in the state you are living and see what the requirements are. May need a master's degree. At the least, will probably have to pass a state exam (I've looked into this, too). There are some online master's programs for Christian counseling. One I would look into is the Master's Seminary, connected with John McArthur.

    God bless, and keep pursuing these good goals. WB

  4. What church is your daughter associated with? And your friend's church that houses the homeless? It sounds like they are doing some AMAZING things to bring God glory and serve His children!!