Congregational Care Ministry Seminar
Church of the Resurrection
April 4 – 5, 2019
Registration available beginning January 2019
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.
What Will I Learn?
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
- Proactively seek to encourage and care for persons in need
This two-day seminar, presented by 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 recently retired Pastor Karen Lampe’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.
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:
- Theology of Care
- Boundaries and Ethical Practices
- Older Adult Ministry
What will I experience?
- Plenary sessions led by 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
- Small group discussion and Q & A facilitated by Resurrection’s CCM’s
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 from 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.
-Linda from St. Louis, MO
The overall conference was wonderful. I enjoyed the pastors and the information that they shared was so useful. I left feeling empowered with the love of Jesus Christ.
-Lisa from Grain Valley, MO
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.
-Kenny from Great Bend, KS
I feel like I finally found [a conference] that was up my alley and very usable in my work setting. Thanks for all you all did to make this an extra-ordinary event!!
-Laurie from Clarksville, TN