Foundations of BeFriender Ministry - Wellesley

WhenTuesday, April 24, 2018 to Friday, April 27, 2018
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WhereWellesley Village Church (UCC)
2 Central St.
Wellesley, 02482

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ContactLiz Garrigan-Byerly
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foundations for befriender ministry workshop, wellesley, ma.pdf

BeFriender Ministry is a national, ecumenical program that educates, forms and supports lay leaders for a listening ministry of care and support 

What BeFrienders do
BeFrienders are volunteers who provide pastoral care to people in difficult and/or transitional situations, such as illness, loneliness, or loss of a loved one. They embody the caring presence of God and of the faith community. BeFrienders accept people as they are and listen with compassion. Through spiritual and emotional care, BeFrienders allow those they befriend to make their own decisions. Since their role is to care, not cure, the skills BeFrienders learn in training allow them to respond to any pastoral care need with confidence that they can provide a nonjudgmental and compassionate listening presence. BeFrienders gain a deeper understanding of unity in Christ by appreciating the value of each member of the community. BeFrienders experience how Christ calls us to be together in joy and pain.

Workshop Overview
“Foundations for BeFriender Ministry” is a workshop for leaders who want to implement and maintain a listening ministry of lay pastoral care in their church, hospital, healthcare campus, long-term care facility or other organization. The small size of this highly interactive workshop allows workshop leaders to address the specific needs and questions of participants. A certified trainer from the BeFriender Ministry National Office will be the workshop leader.

Churches should send a team of 2-5, including at at least one staff person such as (clergy, chaplain, deacon, parish nurse, director of pastoral care, pastoral minister, etc.) and one or more volunteers. This team will serve as program leaders for BeFriender Ministry in your church or organization. New program leaders for existing BeFriender Ministry programs also attend the workshop.

Learning Objectives
 Receive the tools and training for implementing and maintaining a listening ministry of pastoral care.
 Understand the role of the BeFriender by experiencing the training you will provide for BeFrienders in your church or organization. The listening skills learned are transferable to family, friend and colleague relationships.
 Learn a discernment process for calling forth BeFriender Ministers.
 Learn skills for facilitating skill-building and spiritual growth for BeFrienders.
 Understand the roles of the Leadership Team: trainer, facilitator, and administrator.
 Gain insights from workshop leaders who model effective training.