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Training, Tools, and Support
Bible passages and parables are the basis of our training as Scripture reveals with care entails and love requires. Our training is grounded in Scripture and is applicable regardless of the situations and struggles others are facing. Whereas our natural human tendencies are to address the issue, give advice and try to "fix-it, our training promotes core biblical principles that our foundational to loving people.
Training modules include:
- A Training Guide
- A Facilitator Guide
- PowerPoint slides
- And More
T1. Caring Fundamentals Series
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The fundamentals of caring prescribed in the Bible are the subject of our introductory training series. This training shares core biblical principles and provides the clear direction that Christians need to:
- Care in ways that align with Scripture and advance the mission of the church.
- Overcome their natural tendencies, develop their skills, and grow in proficiency.
- Experience that blessings that flow from Christian caring.
The materials associated with each module are available for download by authorized representatives of Care Partner churches. By offering our Training and Tools and an electronic format, we have eliminated the need to pre-order and inventory materials. Subscribers may share our Training materials with people directly affiliated with their church in either print or electronic format.
The following is an outline of this nine-part series.
Additional training includes:
T2. Inspiring Faith and Hope
Chances are we have all been in situations in which we wonder if anything we do or say will make a difference. In this training, we focus on faith and hope. Based on a quadrant model, we share key insights to help people distinguish when and how to extend care in ways to help bolster faith or to encourage them to find their hope in Jesus.
T3. Making Hospital Visits
For people who are making hospital visits, there is a lot to understand and consider. From navigating the environment to respecting a patient's dignity, and more, this training provides essential information and insights that Christians need to know.
T4. Making Residential Visits
While we have all been in people’s homes, there is something quite different about visiting someone who is homebound. In this training, we share key information and insights to help ensure that Christians respect boundaries, respond appropriately to unexpected situations, and provide meaningful spiritual encouragement.
TESTIMONIAL: "Though busy, we were wandering aimlessly and spread way too thin. You provided the structure and support we so desperately needed, and your resources stimulated many long-overdue conversations. You helped us become realistic and focused. Thanks to your training and coaching, our caring ministry is enjoying a new level of energy and greater substance."
Tools for Ministry Leaders
In addition to our training, we offer various Tools for ministry leaders. As the icon above suggests, there are different directions you can go with your caring ministry. Knowing that the challenges, needs, and opportunities are different at every church, our Tools are designed to provide both structure and flexibility. For example, we encourage and equip ministry leaders to: 1.) Assess their current caring efforts, 2.) Be clear about your purpose and desired impact, 3.) Consider coverage and training priorities, and 4.) Establish clear standards and expectations.
We also offer complimentary videos to stimulate thinking.
- AHA Moments (9 min) - It's easy to get in the rut of looking at things from a familiar perspective. This video is intended to inspire people to think outside of the box.
- Church, Why Do We Exist? (9 min.) - Often times we become so busy and so consumed with appears to be urgent matters that we can lose our focus. This video is intended to be a reminder of what matters most.
- Care Ministry Webinar (1 hr.) - We offer a fresh perspective on caring ministry and highlight the importance of discipling.
On-Boarding Process - Upon receipt of your Care Partner Application/Agreement, we schedule a one-hour call and provide you with electronic access to our tools and training. The purpose of the call is four-fold:
- To discuss your aspirations, challenges, and needs.
- To familiarize you to our ShareFile drive and care resources.
- To share insights and help you layout short-term plan.
- To offer suggestions and help you get off to a great start.
On-Going Support - We are committed to guiding you through the implementation process, ensuring you meet your goals and objectives, and helping you expand your effort over time. In addition to our initial On-Boarding call, we provide on-going support and 'coaching' over the phone. The calls provide the opportunity to review and discuss your progress, answer questions, process ideas, and address issues that arise and cause people to get stuck. While we encourage Care Partner churches to schedule monthly calls, the frequency of calls is up to you. Support is also available on an as needed basis via phone or email. Care Ministry strives to respond to all support requests within 24 hours (standard business days).