The Caring Congregation

Training Manual and Resource Guide

By Karen Lampe Published
Paperback ISBN: 9781426793127 $17.99 Buy
Equip your congregation for caring ministries.Congregational Care Ministers serve as lay leaders working alongside pastors to provide quality care for the church family. The Caring Congregation serves as a manual with all the necessary resources to help pastors organize their congregations for care and equip people to listen, visit, comfort, and encourage congregants. The book includes a timeline and organized flow for Congregational Care Ministers focusing on prayer, the theology of care, creating a practical care plan, establishing boundaries, learning to listen, visitation etiquette, and support through the final days of life. Also included are reproducible handouts and ready-to-use worksheets, forms, templates, and customizable information to better serve particular geographical locations and other differences between congregations. Karen Lampe shepherds this ministry and training at The United Methodist Church of the Resurrection in Leawood, Kansas. Older congregational care training programs can be expensive and lengthy. This up-to-date product allows any church seeking effective ways to care for the congregation. For more, readers can visit the Church of the Resurrection website for training videos and additional “how-to” leader information.


"For all sizes of  churches interested in an excellent laity-run ministry of caring for people, this helpful training manual can guide you through the steps to build such a ministry. Rev. Lampe’s discussion of how to focus on purpose, recruitment, training, theology, prayer, and other essential aspects can guide leaders in improving congregational care. She offers significant questions to consider as well as helpful suggestions for how to approach a wide variety of situations." 
--Scott J. Jones, Bishop, Great Plains Area, The United Methodist Church

"The congregational care model Karen Lampe teaches in this guide will dramatically improve the quality of pastoral care while engaging laity in ways that will enrich and bless them and those they care for. This is a must read for laity and clergy involved in congregational care."  
--Adam Hamilton, Senior Pastor, The United Methodist Church of the Resurrection

As the process of how to establish a vibrant and responsive care ministry unfolds in this book, Rev. Lampe identifies the most important skills and tools under an umbrella of prayer. The reader will gladly discover that the Guide pulls together ample information on the best practices of pastoral ministry. It also provides individual and group exercises to stimulate thinking and interaction. The appendix reflects the willingness of the Church of the Resurrection to share resources, documents, and forms freely and is itself an invaluable resource.
Emily S. Matheny, Executive Director of Congregational Care, Christ United Methodist Church, Memphis, Tennessee

About the Author

Karen Lampe

Karen Lampe is the Executive Pastor of Congregational Care at The United Methodist Church of the Resurrection in Leawood, Kansas, and serves in conjunction with senior pastor Adam Hamilton. Lampe received her undergraduate degree from Kansas University and a M.Div. from Saint Paul School of Theology.