Although I have had thirty years of experience in church
ministry, that experience has been primarily with middle-income
people. I am now a pastoral associate at St. Anthony’s Parish in
Evansville, Indiana, a parish involved in a significant inner city
ministry. The parish 1s presently establishing a Center for Family
Life in the vacant school building. I am involved on the board for
this project and have shared responsibility for initiating and
carrying out the operation of a soup kitchen.
One floor of the building will be operated by the St. Vincent
de Paul Society as a shelter for homeless families. The board of
the Center for Family Life is searching for opportunities for growth
and ministry for these families and others who will use the Center.
These opportunities could be offered in the classroom spaces
available on the first floor of the building.
I believe that I need more experience in relating to and
ministering to low-income families and/or non-churched people such
as I am likely to encounter in this ministry situation. 1 have been
offered an opportunity to minister to such a group and to learn from