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Our Mission: We embrace the power of story to cultivate a culture of care.
Jesus was a healer. Through stories he connected with and cared for others. His example calls us to provide excellent care and support for one another through the peaks and valleys of our lives.
Our vision at The Caring Congregation (TCC) is to cultivate a culture of care for the evolving Christian Community. We train church leaders to provide excellent care ministry based upon 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 cultivate 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!
LET US TRAIN YOUR CARE TEAM!
We offer live-streamed webinars, self-paced online courses, in-person seminars, and customized care ministry training for church leaders. We also offer free podcasts on today's relevant topics affecting care ministry in churches today. 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.
These live-streamed care ministry webinars include 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 10 hours of content as shown in this Basic CCM Course Syllabus. All participants will have access to the webinar recordings for 30 days, receive a certificate of completion for 10 contact hours in congregational care training and an invitation to a complimentary group follow-up Zoom meeting with pastors on our national team. Do you have a large group that would like to attend? Save money by hosting a watch party. It is the closest alternative to an in-person seminar.
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.
Online care ministry courses for individualized "on demand" training:
No need to wait for a seminar or live-streamed webinar to train your care team. Enroll them now in one of the individual training courses in our Caring Congregation Academy. Our most popular course, the Full Basic CCM Training (Part I + II), features the same basic content covered in our intensive 2-day seminars and webinars. These self-paced on-demand training courses cover a variety of topics that make excellent training for your team on a variety of care ministry topics such as crisis care, boundaries, hospital visitation, and more.
Here is a summary of the courses currently offered in The Caring Congregation Academy:
Now playing SEASON 6. The Caring Congregation Podcasts are available on Soundcloud and Apple Podcasts. Here are a few episodes from our first five seasons:
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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