There is a team of volunteers that serves to pray with people live before, during and after the worship experience. This seems to be a key area in which care is provided for the people of the internet campus. Life groups (small groups) are encouraged to be able to respond to life events. The life groups that meet physically may be able to provide this support more tangibly than those that meet online.
I had a conversation with a staff member in the hallway this afternoon that was too good not to share. I had been thinking about a conversation that I had just had on the phone and he could tell that I was a bit troubled. He stopped and asked how I was doing. I said that I was doing okay but was a bit troubled by the phone conversation. He responded,
It is just hard to care sometimes.
I started laughing out loud.
- What I heard was – It is hard to care about other people, it is better and easier just not to care.
- What he meant was – At times it is hard to share in the hurt of people’s lives and care for them.
Hearing the first and then realizing the second really made me laugh, which is good.