Homelessness & Spiritual Health (An Interview)
I have been serving as the Director of Pastoral Ministries at Water Street Mission, since June 24, 2020. The mission of Water Street Mission is to advance the kingdom of God through the gospel of Jesus Christ and to do missionary, relief, and rescue work of all kinds. It was an honor to be interviewed on the Restorers Podcast about our work at Water Street Mission.
Our organization is part of a larger network, the CityGate Network, which is a growing network made up of organizations who are also focused on walking with those who are suffering through poverty and homelessness. The 300+ organizations in Citygate Network membership seek to move people in desperate situations and destitute conditions (i.e., hungry, homeless, abused, and addicted) from human suffering to human flourishing through the process of gospel-powered life transformation.
As Director of Pastoral Ministries at Water Street Mission, it is my responsibility to lead chapels, teach classes, work with chapel partners, facilitate pastoral care and provide oversight to our teaching and spiritual care programs. Often, I am simply referred to as the "Campus Pastor," and it is my personal goal to simply be available and present. I enjoy walking with individuals on their spiritual searches, answering their questions around faith, working with others at spiritual formation, facilitating opportunities for the Holy Spirit to work, and simply introducing our guests to the teachings of Jesus through a conversational approach. It is my role to be available and present with people, as others were available and present with me in my own journey towards purpose and meaning.
Water Street Mission hosts an emerging podcast that looks at our work, both in audio and video format, titled Restorers. Our Restorers Podcast gives listeners a chance to learn about homelessness. Each episode investigates the issues around homelessness, and it explores how our organization is working at bringing solutions to our backyard. This podcast is available on Apple, Google, Spotify, and YouTube.
I was asked to join the Restorers Podcast for Episode 11, where I was interviewed by Jack Crowley, the Podcast Host and President of Water Street Mission. My interview follows an interview with Jason Storbakken, who serves in a similar role for The Bowery Mission, in New York City. This is a chance to learn more about my role and the work I've been committed to in this season. Perhaps we can make this the most watched episode of this season!
In Episode 11, the Restorers Podcast looks at Homelessness and Spiritual Health. The show remarks that many have preconceived notions of what chapel and spiritual care looks like at Water Street Mission, and other missions, but oftentimes the reality is completely different. As mentioned above, this episode is about exploring why spiritual care, and specifically a relationship with Christ, are so critical to bringing hope, identity, and healing as someone comes off the street.