Bp. Dave Pflueger Making a Difference

The Episcopal Ministries of Saint John the Evangelist
Bishop Dave Pflueger, Christ Catholic Church

Matthew 25:31-46 – The Judgement of the Nations

31 ‘When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, then he will sit on the throne of his glory. 32All the nations will be gathered before him, and he will separate people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats, 33and he will put the sheep at his right hand and the goats at the left. 34Then the king will say to those at his right hand, “Come, you that are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world; 35for I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, 36I was naked and you gave me clothing, I was sick and you took care of me, I was in prison and you visited me.” 37Then the righteous will answer him, “Lord, when was it that we saw you hungry and gave you food, or thirsty and gave you something to drink? 38And when was it that we saw you a stranger and welcomed you, or naked and gave you clothing? 39And when was it that we saw you sick or in prison and visited you?” 40And the king will answer them, “Truly I tell you, just as you did it to one of the least of these who are members of my family,* you did it to me.” 41Then he will say to those at his left hand, “You that are accursed, depart from me into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels; 42for I was hungry and you gave me no food, I was thirsty and you gave me nothing to drink, 43I was a stranger and you did not welcome me, naked and you did not give me clothing, sick and in prison and you did not visit me.” 44Then they also will answer, “Lord, when was it that we saw you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and did not take care of you?” 45Then he will answer them, “Truly I tell you, just as you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to me.” 46And these will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous into eternal life.’

The ministries of Bishop Dave Pflueger “Pastor Dave” serve as an apostolic ministry to those in most need of pastoral care. As an apostolic ministry the primary focus of these ministries is to honor humankind and to serve as a living example of the life and teachings of Jesus of Nazareth – as describe in the four Gospels of his life when he walked among us and now remains with us in Spirit. As Jesus of Nazareth was grounded in Judaism as his religious foundation, the faith he practiced, the personal ministries of Pastor Dave are grounded in the Christian religion, the faith Jesus establish and was for a brief period in history a branch of Judaism.

His ministries also serve as an apostolic ministry to those with developmental and psychological disabilities. To this end, Pastor Dave believes that we are to open the doors of our lives to those whom the Spirit of God sends to us and embrace them as our brothers and sisters in Christ. He also fully supports the eumenical movement among Churches and Ministries, because no one church can do everything and coming together as a collective allows ministries to be done that might not otherwise be done.

God then said, Let Us make humankind in Our image, according to Our likeness. Genesis 1:26

Pastor Dave opens his apostolic ministries to those with developmental and psychological disabilities and sees them as children of God. He knows that not everyone has the professional training and documents that medical professionals and social workers have – but this should not prevent people from offering compassion and tolerance to those who live with these disabilities. Unlike many churches of today, Pastor Dave’s embracement of those with these disabilites is unconditional and he invities them into full participation of his ministries.

There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free man, there is neither male nor female, [there is neither able or disable]; for you are all one in Christ Jesus. Galatians 3:28

Pastor Dave and his ministries are open to all who are in need of them. All one needs to do – is simply ask for them.

One of Pastor Dave’s continuing ministries is that of the Jail Chaplaincy Program. This is a contracted service between Pierce County and a service provider. The current service provider is the Tacoma Rescue Mission, which is a member of the Association of Gospel Rescue Missions. David Curry is the C.E.O of the Mission and Richard Odegard is the lead Chaplain for the Jail Chaplaincy Program at the Pierce County Corrections Center. Pastor Dave volunteers in the Responsible Living Unit program (a.k.a. the God Pod). It is a program that is designed to provide a new way of living through a new way of thinking. Through a variety of methods inmates will receive instruction and training of Biblical principles that pertain to all areas of life; i.e. relationships, addictions, anger, management, finances, etc. Spiritual foundations are established for constructive and proactive decision making. Each day the Responsible Living Unit participates in private and corporate devotions, studies, and seminars; lay and ordained spiritual leaders from the greater Tacoma area often lead these daily programs. Pastor Dave also offers pastoral services to inmates.

It was just one such inmate that was moved to offer an ode to Pastor Dave:

PASTOR DAVE (an ode)

Truly a manly man of God you are
your spirit is a beacon of a mighty, bright star

God sent you Pastor Dave, to each diverse groups
to give us hope, and rise up Christian troops

your stern countenance, and your strong demeanor
causes men to eagerly seek Christ the Redeemer

you carry your cross the way God intends
that inspires us all to be strong Godly men

the world would do good, to listen to you
and hope to be shown how to find Jesus too

God showed us his love, with the son that he gave
and blessed us again, by bringing Pastor Dave

as example to us struggling to be proven
and give us instructions on how to be movin

on accord with God’s will, should be our desire
and if we follow Pastor Dave, we might dodge hellfire

so put on your armor and pick up your sword
as Pastor Dave shows us, to fight for the Lord

you inspire us Sir, with your passion for God
that lingers long after you exit the [jail] pod

the strength and timbre of your battle yell
is enough to send demons, straight back to hell

so remember we love you, as you continue to lead
good luck to you Sir & go God’s speed … Amen

by Big Ben Mao 2/22/10