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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 Caring Church Response

The Caring Church Response

  1 Corinthians 12:22-26 talks about the value that God has for all the parts, or members, of the body. “...that the members may have the same care for one another.  If one member suffers, all suffer together; if one member is honoured, all rejoice together.” (vs...

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

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.

10 signs you are experiencing compassion fatigue

10 signs you are experiencing compassion fatigue

It took me months to realize that I was experiencing compassion fatigue and it wasn’t until I stopped and found healing that I realized how significantly every area of my life was impacted. 
Let me save you a few steps and hopefully months of hardship and tell you the 10 signs of compassion fatigue that I didn’t recognize until afterwards. 

What’s the difference between burnout and compassion fatigue

What’s the difference between burnout and compassion fatigue

With burnout if you are able to find relief from the helplessness,  hopelessness and stress you are likely to find symptoms of burnout to subside with no lasting impacts.  But that is not the case with compassion fatigue. Compassion fatigue has long term impacts to the world view and wellbeing. 

4 Steps to low impact debriefing

4 Steps to low impact debriefing

Low-Impact-Debriefing gives you the freedom to be able to talk and share with others without fear of re-traumatizing them and still provides you with all the support and care needed in sharing about the difficult work that you do.