A two-day seminar aimed at preparing churches to bring lay volunteers alongside pastors and staff to minister to and care for your congregation as Congregational Care Ministers

April 4–5, 2019

Church of the Resurrection, Leawood KS

Rev. Wendy Lyons Chrostek
Senior Director of Congregational Care
Church of the Resurrection Leawood

This conference, presented by Pastor Wendy Chrostek and the Congregational Care team at Church of the Resurrection, guides pastors and churches to organize their congregations for care and equips lay volunteers to listen, visit, comfort and encourage congregants.

Featured Speaker: Rev. Wendy Lyons Chrostek

Wendy grew up in Louisiana and served in Michigan before coming to Church of the Resurrection. She has served at Resurrection since 2009. She is married to Scott Chrostek, the Executive Director of Regional Campuses and Downtown Campus Pastor. They have an amazing son named Freddy.

Empowered is designed for pastors and church staff looking to launch a Congregational Care Ministry program at their church and/or for volunteers looking to become Congregational Care Ministers (CCMs) at churches who have a new or existing program.

What’s in it for

Pastors + STaff

Learn how to organize, plan, and implement care for your congregation using the Congregational Care Minister model of care developed at Church of the Resurrection. The training will utilize the book The Caring Congregation, written by recently retired Executive Pastor Karen Lampe.

Discover and establish ways to contextualize Resurrection’s model of care to your ministry setting.

What’s in it for

Lay Volunteers

Learn active listening skills and theologically appropriate responses and scriptures covering a variety of situations. With this training volunteers will be equipped to provide care on behalf of the church as commissioned Congregational Care Ministers, including:

  • Make hospital visits
  • Telephone persons in need of contact
  • Meet one-on-one with persons in need of a listening ear for prayer and encouragement
  • Offer support to grieving families
  • Proactively seek to encourage and care for persons in need

What will I


Plenary sessions led by Pastor Wendy Chrostek with videos and interviews of our pastoral staff, Congregational Care Ministers and congregants

Connect with your peers involved in care ministry at churches of all sizes from across the nation

Experience Resurrection’s Care Night by participating in the Care Night community dinner Thursday evening

Small group discussion and Q & A facilitated by Resurrection’s CCM’s to help apply principles to your context

Combined opening worship, session, and Commissioning Service with leaders and participants of The Art of Radical Hospitality conference 

Two Conferences

One Schedule

Thursday, April 4

8:00 – 9:00 am Registration
9:00 – 9:45 am Combined Opening Worship
10:00 – 11:30 am General Session 1 – How to Start a CCM Ministry
11:30 am – 12:30 pm Lunch
12:30 – 2:00 pm General Session 2 – Tools for Practical Theology
2:15 – 3:45 pm General Session 3 – Empathetic and Compassionate Practices
4:00 – 5:30 pm General Session 4 – Training for One-on-One Visits
5:30 pm Dinner

Friday, April 5

9:00 – 10:30 am General Session 5 – Death and Grief
11:00 am – 12:30 pm General Session 6 – Deployment and Follow-Up
12:30 – 1:30 pm Lunch
1:30 – 2:15 pm Combined Closing Worship


ShareChurch Conferences is a ministry of The United Methodist Church of the Resurrection. Our purpose is to equip, strengthen and inspire local churches.

13720 Roe Ave.
Leawood, KS 66224

Free Resources for Churches

Quality, practical tools and training to help local congregations and leaders be more vital and effective.

(913) 232-4139