Congregational Care Ministry Seminar

Church of the Resurrection

Leawood, KS

Save the Date:  April 19 -21, 2018

Details specific to the CCM Seminar 2018 will be available in January 2018. Use details from the 2017 Seminar to learn what to expect for 2018.

Who should attend the CCM Seminar?

This seminar is designed for pastors and church staff looking to launch a Congregational Care Ministry program at their church or for volunteers looking to become Congregational Care Ministers (CCM’s) for churches who have a new or existing program.

New! Pre-Conference

We’re excited to offer new learning through a Pre-Conference on Thursday morning, April 27!

What Will I Learn?

This three-day seminar, presented by Executive Pastor Karen Lampe and Pastor Wendy Chrostek and the Congregational Care team is designed to prepare lay volunteers to work alongside pastors and staff to minister to and care for your congregation as Congregational Care Ministers. The training is based on Pastor Karen’s book The Caring Congregation, which serves as a manual to guide pastors and churches to organize their congregations for care and equip people to listen, visit, comfort and encourage congregants.

With this training volunteers will be empowered to make hospital visits, telephone persons in need of contact, meet one-on-one with persons in need of a listening ear for prayer and encouragement, offer support to grieving families and proactively seek to encourage and care for persons in need.

Upon completion of this seminar, volunteers will be equipped to provide care on behalf of the church. They will develop active listening skills and theologically appropriate responses, as well as be given Scripture suggestions for various situations.

Topics to be covered: Organizational Development, Theology of Care, Boundaries and Ethical Practices, Listening, Older Adult Ministry, Hospital Visits, Death and Prayer.

What will I experience?

  • Plenary sessions led by Executive Pastor Karen Lampe and Pastor Wendy Chrostek with videos and interviews of our pastoral staff, Congregational Care Ministers and congregants
  • Connect with peers in care ministry at churches of all sizes from across the nation
  • Experience Resurrection’s Care Night by participating in the Care Night community dinner Thursday evening
  • Worship and devotions led by our worship team
  • Commissioning Service on Saturday morning
  • CCM’s available to facilitate small group discussion and answer questions

Featured Speakers

Karen Lampe

Reverend Karen Lampe has been appointed to The Church of the Resurrection since 2003 and currently serves as the Executive Pastor of Congregational Care as well as worship pastor for the 10:45 and online services.

Karen received her undergraduate degree from KU and a Master of Divinity from Saint Paul School of Theology. She has spent much of her adult life in healing ministries and was a physical therapist before she went into ordained ministry. Karen is the author of two books, “The Caring Congregation” and “The Caring Congregation: Training Manual and Resource Guide.” She is passionate about the development of pastors and volunteer Congregational Care Ministers to serve in the local church.

Karen is married to Les and they have 3 children and 4 grandchildren.

Wendy Lyons Chrostek

Reverend Wendy Lyons Chrostek grew up in Louisiana and served in Michigan before coming to Church of the Resurrection. She has served at Resurrection since 2009. She is married to Scott Chrostek, campus pastor at Resurrection Downtown. Wendy is the pastor for congregants in our Vibe worship service. They have a son, Freddy.


I left very energized and felt this was what God had wanted me to do for my personal spiritual growth. The information and handouts make it so I can take this program back to our church and adapt and modify to fit the needs of our congregation. Thank you for such a well developed and well presented program.

-Carol J. (Bettendorf, IA)


Our first group of Congregational Care Ministers completed training in July and have already become deeply engaged in their ministry. The materials you have developed were excellent and easily adapted to fit our setting. CCM provides a way to invite others into leadership, to gain a deeper understanding of the call to care for one another, and to serve in a way that intersects with their gifts and the congregation's needs.

-Pastor Linda (St. Louis, MO)


I just wanted to take a moment thank you for the WONDERFUL conference. I came away refreshed and energized. I found much of the information valuable and usable. Thank you for your ministry!

-Pastor Jan (Pratt, KS)


The three laity that I brought to CCM training won't keep quiet 🙂 They are thrilled with the experience and the opportunity to implement what we learned. The process is very applicable in our much smaller context; it is also desperately needed. I am the only pastor with approximately 300 active members and the laity were reluctant to believe they could share in the care-giving ministry until they experienced the CCM workshop at Church of the Resurrection.

-Pastor Kenny (Great Bend, KS)


We were greeted with warmth and hospitality and quickly found that the staff and volunteers at the Church of the Resurrection were equipped to share practical tools that could be adapted for use in our ministry setting. The initial training we received at the seminar became the catalyst for helping us to identify a path that is leading to implementation of our own version of Congregational Care Ministry. We feel good about what we are doing and are thankful for the witness and resourcing we received to get us started. I believe that churches of any size can benefit from this excellent training.

-Pastor Emily (Memphis, TN)

How much does it cost?

Conference Pricing:

Super Early Bird: $140 (through Feb 15)
Early Bird: $160 (Feb 15 through April 5)
Standard Pricing: $200

Pre-Conference Pricing:

Super Early Bird: $25
Early Bird: $30
Standard Pricing: $35

Cancellation Policy: We are unable to refund any registration fees after April 12, 2017. Please understand that by this date we have prepared for your arrival with printed materials, catering and other provisions. If you wish to transfer your registration to another person from your church you may do so by contacting us at Cancellations prior to April 12 are subject to a $30 cancellation fee.

Contact Us: 
Kathy Carter: or 913-544-0272
Kari Burgess: or 913-232-4139.