Frequently Asked Questions
Can BeFriender Ministry be implemented in churches or organizations of any size?
Information about forming a leadership team can be found on Selecting your Leadership Team.
New program leaders for existing BeFriender Ministry programs also attend the workshop.
If your city is not listed, please contact the national Office for hosting information.
Each person attending the “Foundations” workshop receives a comprehensive set of leadership materials. There is not an additional cost for the full set of leader materials.
How much time do leaders need to invest to ensure a successful program?
While each setting will be somewhat different, an average of 20 hours per month is divided among the leadership team. This includes monthly BeFriender gatherings, as well as periodic one-to-one BeFriender support.
The leadership team assesses pastoral care needs and calls forth potential BeFriender candidates using the discernment process learned in the Foundations workshop.
BeFriender candidates are trained by your leadership team. After commissioning, BeFrienders gather once per month for continuing education, ongoing learning and spiritual growth.
Empowered to conduct training for BeFrienders, your leaders have the resources to train new BeFrienders as the need arises. This allows for a sustainable ministry in your setting.
What is the time commitment for BeFrienders?
There are no enrollment or annual fees. Refer to Current Fees and Discounts.
Training materials and ministry resources are available from the BeFriender Ministry National Office.
Most other expenses are at the discretion of the leadership team; for example, costs for continuing education and for publicizing the ministry within your setting. As the program grows or when there is turnover within the leadership team, new program leaders will attend the “Foundations for BeFriender Ministry” workshop.
Hosting a workshop in your city can be a cost effective way to train your leadership team in order to save on your travel and lodging expenses. As a host, you receive $150 discount for each registrant from your church or organization. Contact the National Office for hosting information
If you have any additional questions, please email the National Office.