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Throughout the Bible there are passages and parables that specify what care entails and love requires. Our acclaimed Faith Fundamentals training series delves into the Scriptures, unpacks the stories, and highlights core biblical principles that are foundational to the Christian faith. Each of the nine lessons in the series is founded and grounded in Scripture and applicable regardless of the situations and struggles others might be facing.
TESTIMONIAL: Having personally suffered a significant loss, I could write a book on all things people do and say that are more hurtful than helpful! Caring is about loving one another, not simply following lists of things "to do" and what not to say. Whether a pastor, church leader, or member of a congregation, EVERY Christian really needs to know and understand the biblical teachings and embrace the core biblical principles included in your Faith Fundamentals training series!
"What we see is what we get"
Though the Scriptures lay out God's plan for caring, it's easy to miss that for which we are not looking. Plus, we are naturally jaded by our personal experiences and the worldview of care. Though Jesus commands us to love people, when we associate caring with pastor visits and programs, then that's literally what people get. Likewise, if physical health and material wellness are the indicators that people are "good," it's natural to forgo deeper conversations and overlook the fact that many people are facing difficult circumstances and carrying heavy burdens.
Lessons 1, 2 & 3 of our Faith Fundamentals training series focus on reframing care from a biblical narrative and shoring up the theological construct.
"What we know is what we do"
There's a saying that when all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail. While Jesus commands us to love people, our natural human tendency is to hammer away on the problem and try to "fix-it. To care in ways that align with Scripture, we have to learn and embrace biblical teachings that are foundational to forging loving relationships.
Lessons 4, 5 & 6 of our Faith Fundamentals training series focus on retooling how we care and help to establish key capabilities.
"What you believe is how you care"
Regardless of how far along people are in their faith journey, it's natural to worry and doubt. As the church and the body of Christ, let's love and care well and in ways that encourage people to place their trust and find their hope in Jesus. Let's resolve to embrace Colossians 2:1-15 and heed the warning found in Hebrews 3:12-14.
Lessons 7, 8 & 9 of our Faith Fundamentals training series focus on reinforcing key spiritual disciplines and bolster people’s confidence.
Best-practice adult learning techniques
In regards to implementing the training at your church, we advocate a best-practice approach to adult learning known as the 'flipped classroom' which foregoes lecture and fosters interaction. It is where, before participating in a class, people read an assigned training guide and are exposed to the material and concepts. By doing so, class time can be devoted to assimilating knowledge through discussion, elaboration, and experiential learning.
Additional training includes:
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. Click HERE to watch our video that explains our Faith Hope Model.
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.
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.
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Accessing the Training Guides and Leader Tools
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 are able to make updates that reflect Care Partner suggestions, and we eliminate 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.