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COMPACAREā„  VISION AND VALUES

FAMILY 

a. Family is the primary biblical institution. It is the foundation for biblical discipleship, the mission of God’s church, and the work of the kingdom of God. The family is the social institution that protects children, creates a safe space, and teaches intangibles such as love, security, and attachment; 

b. Family first; 

c. Restoration of family; 

d. Alternatives when the family is so broken it can’t live up to expectations to be a safe place for children. 

COMPASSION 

a. While the definition of compassion first connotes an understanding of feelings, the biblical words translated as compassion are accompanied by action. In biblical terms, compassion is something that is done, not just felt. Similar to the apostle James’ assertion that if “faith (is) by itself, if it does not have works, (it) is dead” (James 2:17, ESV), so also compassion without action is dead. 

b. But compassion must not destroy the dignity of the recipient of compassion. There is a danger of us developing a “God complex” where we fix people’s problems and in the process reinforce that person’s feelings of helplessness. Too often we relieve families of their children when we should be relieving them of their burdens. 

COMMUNITY 

a. The Church of Jesus Christ is the fellowship of believers through whom God desires to display His glory and wisdom (Ephesians 3:10) to all. The Church is tasked with the responsibility to care for orphans (James 1:27), widows (Acts 6), the poor (Luke 4:18), and the vulnerable (Matthew 25:31-46). Vulnerable children and families need the community of believers to help them carry their burdens (Galatians 6:2). 

b. It’s all about building relationships. The New Testament constantly emphasizes rules for living in community. A community is vital in dealing with family breakdown.

COMPETENCE 

a. COMPACT® is committed to evidence-based interventions so that we help without hurting. We want to operate with sensitivity to come alongside persons who are experiencing difficult circumstances, without imposing our own agendas, while facilitating a process of community-driven growth and support. 

b. It requires that we have an appropriate understanding of poverty. Poverty is not merely the result of a lack of finances, but of a network of broken relationships. Therefore, giving the beggar on the street money does not solve the problem. These people need an entire new network of relationships working with them and for them. 

CONTINUUM 

a. COMPACT® is committed not only to provide competent professional care where necessary, but also to mobilize the Church to provide primary intervention strategies to prevent family disintegration and promote flourishing family life.