In addition to a broad range of trauma therapies and modeling faith in Christ through kindness, selflessness and dedication, we provide opportunities for our youth to learn about God’s unconditional love for them. We asked Campus Pastor Tim Hartzler to share about spiritual services available for residents on campus.
Here at Christian Children’s Home of Ohio, we take Jesus’ command of spreading the Gospel, as laid out in Matthew 28:19-20, very seriously. Jesus made it clear that as Christians, it is our responsibility to make disciples. For this reason, we offer a variety of spiritual services that our residents may choose to participate in. These services are strictly voluntary as we firmly believe that the Gospel is to be preached, not forced.
One program we offer is weekly chapel services. Each Tuesday afternoon, I will read and explain a passage of the Bible to those in attendance, to bring a new and relevant understanding of God’s Word. Residents are encouraged to not just attend, but to actively participate by asking questions throughout the time together.
Another service we provide our residents is a weekly Bible study. This is an opportunity for residents to read and discuss passages in the Bible together and discover the life-changing truth that the Word of God brings to our lives. Residents are encouraged to ask questions, make comments, and even challenge the topics of discussion in a safe and non-judgmental environment.
Finally, our residents have access to individual one-on-one conversations with me as their campus pastor. These are times when residents can seek out answers to difficult questions, study Scripture, express concerns about their faith, or even debate the validity of Christianity and the Bible.
Thank you for your continued support which allows us to have authentic and transformational conversations with children and teens who have experienced so much hurt.