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I’m Laura Howe

Social Worker, Founder of Hope Made strong

 

Biblically-Based learning to help your leaders care for others

Online Learning

Courses that equip and strengthen ministry leaders to care and support others.

In-person training

Laura brings a fresh voice and practical strategies to create conversations leading to hope, strength, and resilience in staff and volunteer leaders.

Resources

The Importance of Boundaries as a Church Caregiver

The Importance of Boundaries as a Church Caregiver

Regardless of how much you try to stay neutral and maintain boundaries, there is a loss of objectivity because the relationship between the support provider and the user is often personal. Because there is a closer relationship and connection between care ministry members and the person who is looking for support, we need to be more mindful about how our support can cross over into trying to rescue or save someone.

What to look for in a care ministry volunteer

What to look for in a care ministry volunteer

If you don’t have a team helping you support those in your congregation you are going to wear yourself and those who come to you out if you try to do it all on your own. When you are seeking out people to be on a care team, look for natural helpers. Having a diverse group of care volunteers will strengthen your care team and create an environment that will encourage people to seek out support rather than suffer in isolation.  

Why people care matters at your church

Why people care matters at your church

Most ministry leaders don’t realize that churches are often the number one front-line mental health resource for their members. It’s necessary to have a care team and an intentional care plan for those who are looking to your church for support.     So download the 17 page guide on 3 Steps to Building Sustainable Care Ministry in your Church.

For a limited time I’m offering a free guide on building a sustainable care ministry in your churc

About Hope Made Strong

It’s okay to not be okay, but it’s not okay to stay that way.

As Christ-followers we are uniquely designed and called to fulfill an incredible purpose.

Hope Made Strong equips leaders with mental health resources to build resilience and provide hope and strength for themselves and the church.

Life can be messy and we can find ourselves struggling with our mental health, but this doesn’t change God’s love or purpose for us.

By combining scripturally-based strategies that align with proven results in the mental health industry, your leadership will receive relevant tools and actionable resources here.

Testimonials

The concepts Laura explained were well articulated and practical.  The group project was time well spent, and gave us all practical ways to apply the word of God.”

Thomas Zimmerman

Pastor, Life Church International, Woodstock

“It was great to see relevant examples from the Bible of key people who fell easily (or were on the path to fall) into the trap of a cycle that would lead to burnout and anxiety.”

C. Engberts

Workshop Participant

“Great pace!  The sessions flew by.  Laura has created interactive sessions that incorporated not just teaching, but practical activities, group discussions, and music.”

Workshop Participant