Church and social work

Jesus asked us to share the Gospel of the Kingdom with those around us. He taught us to pray that the righteousness, peace, and joy of heaven would be manifested on earth. In Luke 4:16-19, Jesus expounded his vision through the reading of Isaiah 61:1-2 of proclaiming the good news to the poor, healing the broken-hearted, proclaiming freedom for the captives, delivering from darkness the prisoners, and comforting those who mourn. The mission of social work is to improve human well-being and to help meet people's basic needs, with special attention to the vulnerable, oppressed and those living in poverty. The public ministry of Jesus is full of examples of how he daily cared for the marginalised, the hungry, the sick, children and beggars. The core values of the social work of a disciple of the Kingdom come down to practices guided by: service, social justice, the dignity and worth of the person, the importance of human relationships, integrity and competence. The objective of this training is to prepare non-profit employees and volunteers with knowledge, values and skills for social work in the Church and society. The course focuses on developing tools that will help understand people's needs, bring them into the Kingdom and equip them to be agents of change for effective service.