Hello and welcome! I am Rev. Paula T. Webb - the Director here at the Animal Ministry Institute.
Many times I am asked ~ just what is Animal Ministry? What exactly is, what is considered the more appropriate and comprehensive term, "Humane Leadership?" And I simply answer that both of those terms simply mean you create, and live, with a "unique mindset:" What does that mean? That's simple ~ a "unique mindset" of Humane Leadership consists of:
a mindset of thoughtfulness
a thinking methodology of, and using, 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 serve 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.
Further, you do not have to do anything different in your life to add this special dimension to your life right now.
"You have gotten understanding straight from the Source of all understanding; knowledge from the Source of all knowledge. It is a sure direction..." (Ernest Holmes)
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 with cat or dog or ferret or lizard or hamster (etc.) toys, 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 Humane Leadership ~ to whatever degree they choose! There are no regulations, no rules ~ as to how much of this work you integrate into your life ~ that is simply up to you!
"Illlumine my inner being O my Lord, with the splendors of Thy Revelation toward all living beings." (Baha'u'llah)
Therefore, the goal of my Humane Studies & Leadership Programs is simple. To provide a more expanded awareness of not only the need for this field of work ~ but to provide the necessary education and skills for those special few who have the calling to minister to others in a Humane Leadership capacity.
"We can look after our animals in ways impossible a few years ago...there are great days ahead!" (James Herriot)
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, emotionally, or spiritualy, 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 mindset and choose to live that mindset; 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, and feel free to contact me with any questions. I can be reached via e-mail, or at 773-706-6334 (MST).
I look forward to working together in Humane Leadership with you!
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