Many times I am asked ~ just what is Animal Ministry? And I simply answer that Animal Ministry is a "unique mindset:"
a mindset of thoughtfulness
a thinking methodology of unique skills
a process of making and living informed choices, and
a life's work that consists of complete and abiding compassion for all living things!
It's that simple! So, let's explore this a bit together shall we?
The definitions of 'minister' in Roget's Thesaurus lists the following ideas or suggestions for usage: "...shepherd, servant, one that heralds all of God's creatures..."
In other words, it doesn't matter if you are a lay person or an ordained professional ~ anyone can have a calling to be a servant to God's creatures; if they are willing to create and instill the specific set of thought processes and skills needed to dedicate themselves to this line of work. And that is what our AMI Programs provide you with ~ an education and specific skills to accomplish your vision to benefit our partners in the animal kingdom through this line of work.
"Man was meant to realize the divine potential within him and fulfill that potential toward all living things." (Roland B. Gittelsohn)
We could also say that everyone, at some point in their life has 'ministered' to others. Meaning, we all have 'ad-ministered' to people and animals that we know and love ~ whether through a kind word, a calm voice, a listening ear, a pat on the back to our human companions or even strangers. As well as say a rub on an upturned furry belly, special treats in a fish tank, top-shelf bird seed, long walks, hours of play times, snuggles on the couch together to our animal companions ~ and so forth. So, anyone who has a vision of making a difference in this world can be a part of the growing field of Animal Ministry!
"If I can stop one heart from breaking, I shall not live in vain. If I can ease one life the aching, or cool one pain, or help one fainting robin into his next again ~ I shall not live in vain." (Emily Dickinson)
Therefore, the goal of my Humane Studies & Leadership Programs is simple. To provide a more expanded awareness of the need for this field of work ~ and to provide the necessary education and skills for those special few who have the calling to minister to others in an Animal Ministry capacity.
"Let all beings be engaged in one another's well-being...let all living beings be blissful and at peace." (Jain Scriptures)
Keep in mind that not everyone who is an animal lover may be interested in, or willing to think and live the unique mindset of being a part of animal ministry! Not everyone has that type of calling such as you may ~ they simply might just love animals, and that's ok! For instance, I would suggest that the average person, even people who claim to love animals ~ would not necessarily consider joining a PETA protest which might include giving up their job, and going to another country to fight the whaling ships in international waters, right? But those same animal lovers may financially support PETA! So, they are doing what they feel is their part, their passion, shall we say, to support our partners in the animal kingdom.
And the same goes for you! For those of you who have chosen to adopt and sustain this unique and special way of thinking and living; for those of you who do want to become more involved and make a difference and serve "all God's creatures" through your vision of Animal Ministry ~ then my Humane Studies & Leadership Programs are for you.
So I invite you to take a look at our Programs, as well as our other spiritual classes now being offered, and feel free to contact me with any questions. I can be reached via e-mail, or at 602-489-2011 (MST).
I look forward to working together in Animal Ministry with you!