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Our Tools draw the attention of ministry leader to the issues that are critical to consider and vital to the success of a caring ministry.
Care Ministry is devoted to advancing a biblically-based discipling model of care that is grounded in Scripture! The fundamentals of caring ministry prescribed throughout the Bible are the subject of our training. Our tools provide the direction and flexibility you need to advocate and advance a biblically-based approach to caring that is best for your church.
As the icon suggests, there are different directions you can take your caring ministry. The tools and support we provide help ministry leaders:
- Assess current caring efforts
- Gain perspective and think outside of the box
- Identify training needs and opportunities
- Establish a concise purpose, standards, and expectations
- Determine who to engage and equip with training
- Prioritize who to train initially and subsequently
- Facilitate training sessions
- Maintain enthusiasm and engagement over time
STEP 1: Determining if there is a good fit between our organizations.
Knowing how challenging it can be for people to think outside of the box and embrace new concepts, before becoming a Care Partner, we encourage you to invest the time to watch our Care Ministry webinar.
The webinar offers a fresh perspective on caring ministry and shares insights to help you assess the fit between our organization. NOTE: Though widely adopted by churches, a model of care that is primarily task-oriented, pastor-centric, and programmatic is inconsistent with Scripture.
STEP 2: Subscribing and getting started
If you are interested in advancing a biblically-based discipling model of care, complete and return a copy of our Care Partner Agreement and let's get started. Upon receipt, we provide log-in credentials and schedule a one-hour On-Boarding call. The purpose of the call is three-fold:
- To discuss your aspirations, challenges, and needs.
- To familiarize you to our Care Resources, log-in process, and shared drive.
- To help you layout short-term and mid-range plans, and provide direction (e.g., which resources to concentrate on and what to do).
At the conclusion of the call, we also set-up our first 30-day check-in and coaching call to discuss your progress, review your findings, and address any questions you might have. While the implementation process we guide Care Partner churches is the same, knowing that churches have unique needs, your particular focus, who you opt to engage, and how you wish to introduce the training is up to you.
NOTE: Our Tools for Ministry Leaders all begin with L# and our Care Ministry Training begins with T#. During the first 30 to 60-days we typically encourage Care Partner churches to concentrate on the following tools and training:
L1. Getting Started
This tool features simple exercises and surveys to help you assess your current efforts and identify training needs. We also share a suggestion directly out of Scripture to help you maximize the value of our resources. Working through the suggested steps is a great way to get started and to generate enthusiasm and support for caring ministry.
L2. Clarifying Your Purpose
While many churches include a reference to caring on their website, it is of the utmost importance to be clear about the type of encouragement and support you provide, the benefits of engaging, and what people can expect. We encourage a quick read of this to become familiar with the five factors to consider when establishing or refining your vision for caring ministry. Drafting a purpose statement comes later.
T1. Caring Fundamentals Series
We encourage Core Care Team members to read and become familiar the content in each of the Training Guides included in this nine-part series. Additionally, we suggest underlining sections which reflect new insights and highlighting parts of the training you might wish to elaborate on and emphasize when you facilitate the training.
STEP 3: Drafting (or refining) a caring ministry purpose statement
Once you have reviewed and are familiar with the resources referenced in Step 2, we encourage churches to go back to the L2. Clarifying your Purpose tool, determining your stance on each of the five factors, drafting a purpose statement, and selecting a Bible verse that reflects and reinforces your vision for caring. As you are reflecting on your purpose, you might watch our Church, why do we exist (9 min.) video.
NOTE: During our monthly check-in and coaching calls we will address any questions. We also welcome the opportunity to review and comment on your draft purpose statement.
STEP 4: Establishing your plan to introduce the training
Our L4. Implementing the Training tool is designed to help our Care Partners focus their training efforts. We provide ideas and a facilitator's guide to help you determine who initially to train and to establish your plan for sharing the training (e.g., duration and frequency of training sessions). We also include a suggested outline for each of the Caring Fundamentals Series lessons.
NOTE: During our monthly calls, we welcome the chance to discuss the merits of engaging people in certain roles and tendencies of which to be mindful.
STEP 5: Implementing the training and instituting policies and procedures
To be clear about expectations, consistently achieve standards, and ensure safety, it is wise to establish and adhere to fundamental guidelines. A great time to begin considering your processes is once you begin conducting the training. Our L3. Instituting Guidelines tool highlights issues to consider and includes sample Guidelines you can customize.
STEPS 6 & beyond: Expanding your efforts and addressing opportunities as issues and needs arise.
Once the first group of people has completed the training and is comfortable with the fundamentals of caring, you might offer additional training (e.g., T2. Inspiring Faith and Hope, T3., Making Hospital Visits, T4. Making Residential Visits) or offer the T1. Caring Fundamentals training to another group. As part of our ongoing support, as questions arise, we welcome the chance to process ideas, address specific issues, and share insights.