FBC Caring Ministry Training (2020)

Care Friends Training

This is the foundation of our caring ministry training conducted in an interactive group setting of 6-8 participants to foster teamwork, self-awareness, and reflective learning. This course should be taken first in the process of learning and growing in the Caring Ministry.

Topics include:

  1. Importance of Caring – Biblical and theological foundation.
  2. What makes me ‘me’ as a caregiver? How have my experiences shaped and formed me as a caregiver?  Importance of self-awareness.
  3. Feelings and emotions – A window to our soul.
  4. Active Listening Skills I.
  5. Scripture and prayer in visitation and caring.
  6. Understanding grief.
  7. Experiencing the loss and death of a loved one.
  8. Boundaries, respect, dignity, when to refer.
  9. Self-care as a caregiver.

Care Friends TraIning 

3 sessions, 4 hours each, 12 hours total.
9:00am-1:00 pm
Group D - January 22, 23 & 24 (Wed - Fri) [FULL]
Group E - March 7, 14, 21 (Sat)
Group F - April 15, 16 &17 (Wed - Fri)
Group G - September 19, 26 & Oct 3 (Sat)

Care Minister I Training

Care Minister I builds upon the basic Care Friends Training and seeks to develop skills for higher levels of needs.  This is also conducted in an interactive group setting of 6-8 participants with a similar format of self-awareness, reflective and experiential learning. 

Topics include:

  1. Ministry of Presence. Active Listening Skills II
  2. Encountering common unhealthy emotions – anger/rage, bitterness, unforgiving spirit, jealousy.
  3. Some common illnesses – cancer, stroke, chronic pain, kidney failure/dialysis, gastro-intestinal issues, mobility issues.
  4. End of Life issues – helping someone come to terms with imminent death.
  5. Ethical considerations in caring - eg. MAID (Medical Assistance in Dying)
  6. Spiritual care – symbols, liturgy, and rituals.
  7. Intro to Stages of Faith.
  8. Faith and the spiritual life in times of hardship, setback, and suffering.
  9. Caring for Seniors. Nuances of aging.     

Care Minister I TrAINING

3 sessions, 4 hours each, 12 hours total.
9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Group A - January 29, 30 & 31 (Wed-Fri) [FULL]
Group B - May 30, June 6 & 13 (Sat)

Care Minister II Training

Care Minister II builds upon Care Minister I and seeks to develop further skills for higher levels of needs.  This is also conducted in an interactive group setting of 6-8 participants with a similar format of self-awareness, reflective and experiential learning. 

Topics include:

  1. Theology of suffering and disabilities.
  2. Personhood – what constitutes a person and why it matters.
  3. Disabilities – personal and/or caring for family members
  4. Dementia and Alzheimer’s – personal and/or caring for family members.
  5. Mental Health and Psychiatric Illness – basic overview. Schizophrenia, bi-polar, depression, suicide. 
  6. When someone’s child has a serious health issue.
  7. Intro to Family systems theory. Divorce and Remarriage. 
  8. Death and dying. Palliative Care.  Dying Well. 
  9. Assisted living and residential care.
  10. Caring for those who have experienced trauma.

Care Minister II TrAINING

3 sessions, 4 hours each, 12 hours total.
9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Group A - October 28, 29 & 30 (Wed-Fri)

Care Ministry Intensives

sanctuary course (understanding mental health)

4 sessions, 4 hours each, 16 hours total.
9:00am - 1:00pm
Group A - Mon Feb 10, Wed Feb 12, Thu Feb 13 & Fri Feb 14 
Read more about the Sanctuary Course

SPIRITUAL CARE SERIES (CARING FOR AGING SENIORS)

with Paul Pearce
8 sessions, 2.5 hours each, 20 hours total.
9:30am - 12:00pm
(Thursday mornings at Beulah Garden, 3350 East 5th Ave, Vancouver) 
April 23, 30, May 6, 14, 21, 28, June 4, 11
Read more about the Spiritual Care Series

PALLIATIVE AND END OF LIFE CARE

2 sessions, 4 hours each, 8 hours total. 
9:00am - 1:00pm
Group A - Thu October 15 & Fri October 16
Group B - Sat November 14 & 21

For more information and registration, contact or call 604.683.8441. Dates are subject to change due to attendance. Please ensure you receive a reply for confirmation or registration or any questions (in a day or two).

Training opportunities are open to anyone. Joining the Caring Ministry Team will be a decision between you and Pastor John.