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What is Care Ministry?
Care Ministry is serving God by being prayerfully present to others who are hurting. We follow in Jesus' footsteps as he cared for the sick, lonely and suffering. We are "servant leaders" in that we lead by example of service. As children of God we are called to love, and by our baptism, we are called to serve others.
Ministry is a two-way street. There is hardly a person who has been of service who hasn't said that they benefited as much, or more, than the persons they were serving. That is because the best way to receive love is to give it.
What does a Care Minister do?
Care Ministers visit persons who are sick, lonely or suffering in some way. The Care Receivers are typically persons who are grieving any kind of loss or are in a hospital, nursing home or someone who is homebound. The Care Minister visits one-on-one with the Care Receiver, and spends time listening with a caring and compassionate heart. Visits are usually one hour once per week, but that can vary depending on need. Care Ministers do not counsel or offer advice. Visits are confidential. What is said during a visit stays with the Care Minister.
How do I know if being a Care Minister is right for me?
Some characteristics of a good Care Minister are:
- Be sensitive to others, respecting their dignity
- Maintain healthy boundaries
- Listen objectively and compassionately without giving advice
- Be non-judgmental
- Be present
- Trust God in the silence
- Maintain confidentiality
- Maintain a personal healthy lifestyle in mind, spirit and body
- Be reliable, punctual and responsible
- Make good judgments regarding referrals, etc.
None of us are perfect in all of these areas all of the time, but trust in the Spirit. Take time to pray, asking God if this ministry is right for you. You can also talk to the Care Ministry Coordinator or the Pastoral Staff.
What kind of training does a Care Minister receive?
At the beginning, 12-16 hours of training in listening and communication skills, with monthly enrichment sessions. A Care Ministry Manual is included. Training is usually done in a group. Additionally, a Virtus workshop along with a background check is required. Virtus sessions are sponsored through the Diocese of Green Bay and are part of Protecting God's Children, a program to help keep children and vulnerable adults safe.
How do I find out more about Care Ministry or sign up for the training?
For more information about Care Ministry or to sign up for the training, contact: