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Keys to Resilience – Finding Rest

Keys to Resilience – Finding Rest

Having regular rhythms of rest and understanding your unique signs that you need rest is a discipline that will allow you to avoid getting stuck when you face adversity.   Rest is necessary to have endurance, a clear mind, and the emotional capacity necessary to not be overcome by life’s challenges.

Keys to Resilience – Staying Connected

Keys to Resilience – Staying Connected

We are created to be in relationship – with God and with others.  By staying connected we become more resilient, allowing us to bounce back from struggle or hardship quicker.

Reach – Fourth Step of The Caring Church Response

Reach – Fourth Step of The Caring Church Response

  It all comes back to telling people about Jesus.   The Caring Church Response and all of Hope Made Strong's resources align with the ultimate purpose of making disciples.  That is what our mission as Christians is.  Each day we are to become more like Christ...

Resource – Third Step of The Caring Church Response

Resource – Third Step of The Caring Church Response

  15 years ago, when I first started my career as a social worker,  I was bright-eyed and bushy-tailed, ready to make a difference. I wanted to impact my community for change and help people overcome struggles and find freedom.   But I was unprepared for the...

Restore – The Second Step of the Caring Church Response

Restore – The Second Step of the Caring Church Response

  Have you ever taken an extra-long weekend to have a mini-vacation? A quick recharge, but not too long because you have a million things going on.  You don’t have time for a full vacation, but you know you need a break.  I did this last week and the evening...

Recognize – The First Step of The Caring Church Response

Recognize – The First Step of The Caring Church Response

  The Caring Church Response is the step-by-step process that Hope Made Strong walks churches through to build a sustainable and effective care program. It builds on the strengths of the church, meets the community’s needs, and aligns with the unique mission of...

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.

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Why it’s healthy and helpful to feel emotions

Why it’s healthy and helpful to feel emotions

For generations we have been taught to suppress and silent emotions; and as a result, we’re seeing the negative impacts in our physical health, mental well-being and even in our relationships.   Use these three strategies and that free download tool to recognize and respond to your emotions.