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David Apple

About Me: 

In my many years of experience, I have had two philosophies of ministry: 1) There is no mercy without the gospel--we must provide an alternative to what the world offers; 2) Don't work harder than the people coming for help--encourage independence, not dependence. These philosophies are seen plainly in his work with poor and homeless persons, drug addicts, incarcerated adults and youth, nursing home residents, separated and divorced men and women, and others. 


I have served in diaconal and mercy ministry for forty years--first a Northside Chapel and Madison Ave. CRC in Paterson, NJ and, since 1988, at Tenth Presbyterian Church in Philadelphia. I am author of Not Just a Soup Kitchen: How Mercy Ministry in the Local Church Transforms Us All.

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Visitation Brings Hope and Life

I remember the turning point for Larry’s new faith journey. He had witnessed a model of service that was new to him—a church that showed it cared about those who are afflicted.

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Who Are the Deacons?

While the church has “capital D” elected Deacons and Deaconesses, it also has “small d” deacons—you. Together we possess a dynamic energy as the people of God.

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How to Help the Single Parent

A single parent has suffered loss—whether through death, desertion, separation or divorce. She/he will exhibit all the stages of grief but also needs to go on with daily life. Here are several ways a church can help. 

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Bearing Burdens: How Are We Doing?

Many people fear that they cannot count on others for help anymore. As Christians, we are called to respond to those in distress, following the example of our master teacher. So how are we doing? 

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