Workshop Information

Workshop Description

“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.

Who Attends

A team of 2-5 from your church or organization including 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.

What is covered in the workshop?

The members of the leadership team who attend “Foundations for BeFriender Ministry” learn the three primary functions of program leaders: training BeFrienders, facilitating BeFrienders’ ongoing learning and spiritual growth, and administering the implementation and maintenance of the program. The Foundations workshop is structured around the role of the BeFriender and the three program leader roles: trainer, facilitator, and administrator. The materials participants receive in the workshop correspond with these roles.

How many people will be in the workshop?

The total group size ranges from 10 – 24.  The size of the workshop allows leaders to work closely with participants and provides a safe, comfortable environment for learning.

Where and when does training for BeFriender Ministry leaders take place?

The “Foundations for BeFriender Ministry” workshop for leadership teams is offered in Saint Paul-Minneapolis, MN in addition to being held in cities throughout the U.S. Check out the current workshop schedule.

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.

 If your city is not listed, please contact the National Office for hosting information.