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The Caring Congregation: Training Manual and Resource Guide
This manual for congregational care ministries addresses how to create and organize a care ministry, providing ideas about the use of volunteers, managing training, and more.
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Listening & Caring Skills: A Guide for Groups and Leaders
This practical resource offers suggestions and examples to help readers enhance their listening skills and narrow the communication gap, looking at various communication methods.
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Your Caring Congregation

Congregations have long been places that nurture the care of souls. Long ago, the early church created strategies and tactics to care for widows and children. Nowadays, care in congregations involves visits to the sick, end-of-life care, support for grieving families, celebrating life transitions, encouragement for older adults, befriending those who experience loneliness and so much more.

Perhaps your congregation is looking to strengthen its care ministries. There are two ways to think about this. One way is to consider structures and operations. Who is responsible for organizing care activities? Are there ways to streamline communication? What might you do to improve the way in which care ministries are implemented?

A manual for care teams

Karen Lampe has written a useful resource titled The Caring Congregation that serves as a manual for care teams. There is much spiritual wisdom in this book. The book also addresses various practical issues. For example, the appendix contains a job description for a congregational care minister.

Listening and caring skills

Another way to enhance care ministries is to learn more about the process and practice of caring. Listening is one of the most powerful skills God has given us. John Savage’s book on listening, Listening and Caring Skills in Ministry, is an excellent volume about how to enhance caring relationships through listening. The book addresses skills such as paraphrasing, productive questions, describing behavior, truly hearing a story and so forth.

You can use the book as a guide to improving the skills of those providing care to congregants. Yes, there are two ways to address congregational care issues. You can address the structures and operations of your care ministries. And you can increase the capacity of those who are providing direct care services. Here are even more congregational care resources for you to consider.

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Care for Creation
This 10-minute presenation focuses on key words of the Genesis 2 and 3 stories that illuminate humanity's God-given relationship with the created world.
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Caring Ministry: A Contemplative Approach to Pastoral Care
This resource presents a reflective approach to caring ministry, which stems from the author's belief that "caring ministry is about what we know and who we are."
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Grief: A Journey of Discovery
This DVD takes the viewer on a journey through the unfamiliar territory of grief and details the grief process.
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Self-Care in Times of Social Tension
This pastoral letter provides hope and self-care ideas for when the trauma of racism becomes too much to bear.
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The CARES Act and Your Nonprofit or Church
From a Mennonite financial institution, this web resource offers clear financial and legal information related to COVID-19 and the CARES Act.
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Close to Home Pastoral Care Pamphlets
This web resource, by The Mennonite Publishing Network in partnership with the Mennonite Church and Mennonite Brethren ministries and institutions, has published an extensive series of 12-page pamphlets on "close to home" subjects such as dementia, PTSD, self-harm, gambling, bipolar disorder, overwhelming debt, acquaintance rape, spouse abuse, eating disorders, electronic addiction, pornography, elder abuse, etc.
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Don't Sing Songs to a Heavy Heart: How to Relate to Those Who Are Suffering
This resource looks at the stories of more than 4,000 individuals to provide insight and wisdom into what to say or do when interacting with people who are suffering.
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