The Full Basic CCM Training Course:

Part 1 (Establish) + Part 2 (Train CCMs)

The ministry of congregational care is the heart of the church and should be carefully designed to help all of us get through challenging times. Congregational Care Ministers (CCMs) or "Care Ministers" are key volunteers who work alongside their pastor to help provide Christlike care for the church family. This course is designed to train pastors, staff, and volunteers so that together they can organize methods of care that are relevant to the needs of our current era.

The training is based on these 2 books co-authored by Rev. Karen Lampe and Rev. Melissa Gepford:

It is recommended that students purchase both books for this course. The Implementation Guide has all the details. The Care Ministers Manual is a companion workbook with forms, checklists, and space for note-taking to use throughout the course.

This course now qualifies for Certified Lay Minister Certification from the UMC Discipleship Ministries!

About This Full Basic CCM Training:

This course is essential as you establish your care ministry and work consistently to develop the practical methods of care within your team. After an introduction of the instructors and basic course concepts, this course is divided into two main parts:

PART I: Establishing a Care Ministry (by Melissa Gepford) - Chapters 1-5

  1. Recruit & Equip
  2. Roles & Responsibilities
  3. Documentation System
  4. Evaluate
  5. Build the Need

PART II: Training Congregational Care Ministers (by Karen Lampe) - Chapters 6-11

  1. Theological Foundations
  2. In All Things Pray First
  3. Boundaries
  4. Listening & Spiritual Guidance
  5. Visitation
  6. Care for the Dying

Approx. 6 hours of professional video content plus handouts, resources, and much more.

Students have 90 days access to the materials.

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Individual Full Basic Course

Introduction + Part 1 and Part 2

This online full basic course follows along closely with Parts One and Two in The Caring Congregation: Implementation Guide as well as The Caring Congregation: Care Ministers Manual. After a brief introduction, Part 1 begins by teaching the Five Essentials of organizing the ministry including how to develop, launch and sustain this ministry. Part 2 provides the detailed basic training for the volunteer CCMs on how to give excellent congregational care. This includes theology, prayer, boundaries, spiritual guidance/listening, visitation and care for the dying plus the importance of aftercare for the bereaved. This is over six hours of training.

CLM CERTIFICATION: An additional "Action Plan" requirement is offered at the end of the training for those who wish to receive Certified Lay Minister certification through UMC Discipleship Ministries.

The individual will have access to the basic training for 3 months (90 days) to allow ample time for full processing of the information.