The implementation of the CMC helps to fulfill the vision of Executive Director Zollie Smith to develop two key factors within U.S. Missions to support compassionate ministry: (1) a Resource and Research Center and (2) a Compassionate Missionary Council.
The Resource and Research Center houses a website for chaplains, missionaries, project volunteers, church leaders, and individuals interested in researching compassion topics and partnering in their communities for compassionate ministry.
The Council members represent various ministry areas across the United States. Recent PE News articles have featured the human reconciliation ministry of People's Church of Cincinnati (CMC Member Chris Beard) and the orphan care ministry of Chaplains Gary and Tammie Webb, who connect churches to the needs of foster youth in group homes. Rural Compassion (CMC Member Steve Donaldson) was also highlighted recently, partnering to help a rural Missouri church bless their community through distribution of shoes and backpacks at the local school.
The Council gives input in several ways:
Identify and provide available resources to agencies and organizations currently involved in ministries.
Plan strategies for prevention and collaborative initiatives.
Assist in developing best practices for different compassion areas.
Enhance support for outreach opportunities.
Promote engagement, awareness, and collaborative partners to effectively fulfill the Great Commission in America – making disciples for Jesus Christ, THAT NONE PERISH.
(click here for a brief member biographical summary; click each name to see the ministry website)
Kevin Babin - Deaf Culture Ministries
Chris Beard - foster care and adoption;; urban ministry; multi-cultural ministry
John Brady - rural America
Malcolm Burleigh - senior director, U.S. Missions Intercultural Ministries
Charlie Chivers - ministry to persons with disabilities
Manuel Cordero - senior director, U.S. Missions Chaplaincy Ministries
Steve Donaldson - rural America
Ramona Edgman - U.S. Missions administrator
David Houck - Intercultural Ministries
Sandra Morgan - human trafficking
Eric Porter - foster care/adoption and orphan care
Charles Sanderfur - foster care and adoption
Richard Smith - inner city ministries
Zollie L. Smith Jr. - U. S. Missions executive director
Cynthia Thomas - U.S. Missions resource & research specialist
Gary Webb - foster care and adoption
Paul Weingartner - Blind Ministries