At Woodlake UMC, we strive to do ministry with excellence. One way we provide excellent ministry is in the partnership between our Care Ministers (CMs) and our pastors. With a congregation of our size, we rely on trained CMs to serve with each of our pastors and staff in Congregational Care in making hospital visits, following up on prayer requests, providing one-on-one support for those going through a difficult issue, and much more.
Please consider this an investment in yourself. Contact Pastor Josh or call (804) 739-4535 x 8863 to be connected with the Stephen Minister best suited for your particular life challenge.
What is Care Ministry?
Care Ministers are lay volunteers specifically trained to work alongside pastors and staff to minister to and care for our congregation. Once an applicant is accepted to the team, training is provided based on Pastor Karen Lampe’s book The Caring Congregation, which serves as a manual to guide us, to organize our congregations for care and to equip people to listen, visit, comfort and encourage congregants.
CMs make hospital visits, call people in need of contact, meet one-on-one with those in need of a listening ear for prayer and encouragement, offer support to grieving families, proactively seek to encourage and care for persons in need and much more. CMs are assigned to a pastor based on the worship service they typically attend, and they work together as a team. While there is a wide variety of duties a CM can do, most serve in areas where they feel most gifted.
Our training covers topics such as Organizational Development, Theology of Care, Boundaries and Ethical Practices, Listening, Older Adult Ministry,
Hospital Visits, Death and Prayer.