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Be Care: adding a health dimension to pastoral care

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Are your church’s pastoral care needs growing?

It could be due to the rise in mental health issues, increasing stress, family breakdown, early discharge from hospital, isolation and loneliness, increases in chronic conditions and disabilities, and the growing requirements of our ageing population.

How can we ‘be care’ in our community? How can we as churches help our community in a tangible and meaningful way? How can we demonstrate God’s love, bring God’s hope, and provide people of peace and places of healing in our community?

By adding a health dimension to pastoral care

‘Be Care’ workshop show us how we can add a health dimension to pastoral care to get greater outcomes for individuals, families, our church and our community. It requires more than our traditional reactive responses that provide support to people in times of crisis or acute need. It takes a proactive whole-of-life approach that promotes health and wellbeing of individuals, families and our community across the lifespan - from birth to death. Read more

Attend a FREE full day workshop: Be Care

Session 1: Introducing Health and Pastoral Care Ministry

Introducing Health and Pastoral Care Ministry sets the scene with sessions on:

  • Why ‘Be care’ – Australia’s changing social context, theology supporting Be Care, Understanding the health and pastoral care continuum
  • Who can ‘Be Care’– concept of care as ‘body-of-Christ’ ministry in teams to care for the whole person
  • How to ‘Be care’ – strength-based approaches, transition pathways, and supporting self-care

Session 2: Using health practitioners to ‘Be Care’

Session 2 explores the benefits of, and processes to use health practitioners in your church. We will use Faith Community Nurses as the exemplar.

  • What – what is Faith Community Nursing?
  • What if – what are the legal and ethical requirements of health practitioners volunteers/working within churches
  • What next – what steps would a church or faith-based organisation need to consider to commence a health practitioner role

As this workshop was planned as a face-to-face event the exact details of how it will function online are still being worked out. Please register here and we can keep you in the loop.

Presented in conjunction with the Australian Faith Community Nurses Association (AFCNA) Inc www.afcna.org.au



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