2016 Congregational Care Ministry Seminar
Date: Thursday, April 7 – Saturday, April 9, 2016
Registration will open in early January. Check back on this page for a link to registration
Join Executive Pastor Rev. Karen Lampe and The Church of the Resurrection Congregational Care team for a three-day seminar 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.
Congregational Care Ministers, or CCMs, are a team of trained lay volunteers who use their gifts and graces to be the ultimate partner in ministry with the clergy and staff. With this training they 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. Pastors who are interested in the development of CCMs for their worship settings are strongly encouraged to attend this seminar with their selected volunteers*.
Topics to be covered: Organizational Development, Wesleyan Way of Care, Boundaries and Ethical Practices, Listening, Older Adult Ministry, Hospital Visits, Death and Prayer.
We are unable to refund any registration fees after March 25, 2016. If you wish to transfer your registration to another person from your church you may do so by contacting us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Cancellations prior to March 25 are subject to a $30 cancellation fee.
"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
"We attended your CCM conference in the spring of 2012 and since have launched our own CCM ministry. We are a year in now and are thrilled with the results and the way in which we have been able to multiply care. Pastor Dave – Oklahoma City, OK Pastor Dave - Oklahoma City, OK The three laity that I brought to CCM training won't keep quite :-) 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
Resurrection Members: Church of the Resurrection members that are interested in becoming a Congregational Care Minister need to go through an application process and meet certain requirements, prior to registration for this event. Please contact Susan Bell from our Congregational Care Team for more information at email@example.com or 913-232-4142.
*Pastors are encouraged to meet with potential participants prior to the seminar. Please click here to view The Church of the Resurrection’s recommended requirements and application form for CCMs.