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Congregational Care
Ministry Training

A ten-hour course

Organized and hosted by
The Church of the Village (UM)

Facilitated by Rev. Dr. Penny Gadzini, Rev. Dr. Arthur Pressley,
Anne Hughes-Hinnen, and Rev. Jeff Wells

What:     This course provides a basic introduction to visitation and care ministry. Participants will develop listening skills, be introduced to the basics of visitation, ministry with the sick, dying, and grieving, care for those with addictions and in recovery, and explore community resources.

Where:   The Chapel of the Beloved Community at The Church of the Village
                201 W. 13th St., New York, NY 10011 (at 7th Avenue) • (212) 243-5470

When:    Four 2-1/2 hour sessions – Sundays, Sept. 23, Oct. 14, Oct. 28, and Nov. 18, 12:30 to 3 pm

Why:      From the earliest times, the followers of Jesus were inspired by his ministry to provide care and healing prayer for one another and to all those in need. Over recent decades, there has been an increasing desire for trained lay persons to participate in caring ministries. Intentional lay congregational care promotes spiritual renewal and church vitality. A team of trained persons volunteering their time greatly enhances the congregation’s ability to meet hurting people with hope, companionship, and love.

Who:      This program is intended for lay persons who yearn to serve in caring and healing ministry.

What do sessions involve?:   Spiritual reflection, lecture, case presentations and role play, personal sharing and support, and practice in praying with others. Sharing these meaningful experiences deepens relationships, creates a team, and inspires faithful witness and service.

Requirements:
1.     Complete the application and include a letter of recommendation from your senior pastor
2.     Pay the $60 registration fee

Commitments:
1.     Participants must commit to attend all four sessions and do all readings and other assignments.
2.     Participants must commit to participate actively in the class sessions.
3.     Pastors commit to closely supervise the ministry of the participants from their congregations.

Required texts:
Stretch Out Your Hand: An Intro to Prayer and Healing, by Tilda Norberg and Bob Webber
           Paperback, $11.99; Kindle $9.99 (Amazon)

The Caring Congregation: How to Become One and Why it Matters, by Karen Lampe
           Paperback, $14.93 (Amazon)

For more information, contact Rev. Jeff Wells at (212) 243-5470 x. 13. 

To download an application, please click HERE
Training Facilitator bios available here