Jesus was a healer. His example calls us to provide care and support for one another through the peaks and valleys of our lives.
The Caring Congregation (TCC) trains church leaders to provide excellent care ministry. Our method of care is based on a team approach that empowers pastors and laity working together to support the congregation and community. This method was developed by Rev. Karen Lampe while previously serving at Church of the Resurrection and is scalable for churches of all sizes.
TCC provides a variety of care ministry training and resources to help you develop a culture of care in your church. These opportunities include seminars & webinars based on books by Revs. Karen Lampe and Melissa Collier-Gepford. In collaboration with UMC Lay Servant Ministries, we offer a CLM Specialization in Congregational Care for Lay Servant Ministry. We have e-learning courses in The Caring Congregation Academy, and a podcast on current topics related to care ministry. Visit our resource page for more tools to equip your team!
Rev. Karen Lampe has authored four books:
*Co-authored with Rev. Melissa Collier-Gepford.
LET US TRAIN YOUR CARE TEAM!
We offer live-streamed webinars, self-paced online courses, in-person seminars, and customized training for your team! We also offer free podcasts that you can listen to from your phone or computer. Learn more about our training opportunities below. Sign up today or contact us for more information on how we can customize something for your team.
Our next live-streamed national care ministry webinar includes the Basic CCM Training on how to establish and run an effective care ministry based on Rev. Karen Lampe's proven CCM (congregational care minister) model of care. It includes 12 hours of training from the comfort of your home and no masks required! Do you have a group that would like to attend? Save money by hosting a watch party. It is the closest alternative to in-person training. All registrants will have access to the webinar recordings for 30 days and receive a certificate of completion for 10 contact hours in congregational care training.
This training covers chapters 1-12 in The Caring Congregation Ministry: Implementation Guide. Click here for the 2-day Webinar Schedule.
For those who have completed the Certified Lay Minister (CLM) Course through the Discipleship Ministries and the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry of the United Methodist Church, this course will qualify them for a Specialization in Congregational Care after submission of a Care Ministry Action Plan. Be sure to indicate you are a CLM at registration if you are desiring this additional specialization.
Featured online courses for individualized "on demand" training:
You don't have to wait for a seminar or live-streamed webinar to train your care team. Enroll them in the Caring Congregation Academy for the Basic CCM Course featuring the same basic content covered in our intensive 2-day seminars and webinars. This self-paced on-demand training is available as a full course or broken into separate parts by topic, offering multiple ways to train individual staff and laity. Basic CCM Course Syllabus.
NEW: CLM Specialization course. For those who have completed the Certified Lay Minister (CLM) Course through the Discipleship Ministries and the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry, this course will qualify for a Specialization in Congregational Care. This course combines the Basic CCM Course with a final Care Ministry Action Plan submitted to UMC Discipleship Ministries, resulting in a certificate of completion showing CLM Specialization in Congregational Care.
Subscribe to The Caring Congregation station so you don't miss a single episode! These "conversations" between our national team and guests are filled with personal stories related to caring for ourselves and others.
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