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‘Be Care’ Workshop
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?


Add health 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. Click here to read more.


‘Be Care’ workshop has two parts.


Part 1: Introducing Health and Care Ministry

Part 1 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

If you have completed ‘One Another Care’, you don’t need to attend Part 1.


Part 2: Using health practitioners to ‘Be Care’

Part 2 explores using health practitioners in your church. It uses Faith Community Nurses as the exemplar.

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


Format: ‘Be Care’ is a full day workshop or 2 sessions of 4 hours, or 4 sessions of 2 hours upon request.


Cost: Baptist Care SA in conjunction with the Australian Faith Community Nurses Association (AFCNA) is willing to provide the training FREE to Baptist Churches including the provision of advertising material and participant workbooks at a time and place that suits your needs. The church needs to provide the venue including setting and packing up, refreshments, and secure 8-10 participants. 


Participants receive a comprehensive workbook with additional material for later reference.


Our ‘Be Care’ Workshop is also online If you would like to learn more, click here 


For more information and to book a course at your church contact:

 Dr. Anne van Loon (08) 8177 4905, M 0409 921 337 (Mon-Wed), avanloon@baptistcaresa.org.au
Vicky Legge (08) 8177 4905, M 0427 784 745(Mon-Wed), vlegge@baptistcaresa.org.au

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