Congregational Care Training - Crozer-Keystone Health System - PA

2014 Summer Edition

The Verse - Pastoral Care Newsletter

Congregational Care Training Program Offers Helpful Advice During May Seminar Series

Pastoral Care Services at Crozer-Chester Medical Center held a three-part seminar series in May inside the Clark Auditorium that offered impactful congregational care training for leaders and associates of the local religious community. Led by Rev. Dr. Bayard Taylor, these seminars were interactive and informative for the approximate 60 individuals that attended each evening. Attendees of these free events received helpful advice that should improve their future pastoral visits, and many examples were shared that could also be applied to our community at large.

This was the first time this seminar series has been offered and it was received very positively by those in attendance. Everyone received a comprehensive folder of materials that will offer a great resource of advice for future pastoral visits. The presenters each evening shared stories associated with the objectives for each presentation, and there was engaging dialogue and discussion that helped to educate and encourage the audience. Many positive surveys for the series of seminars were submitted to Pastoral Care Services, and one comment summarized its impact by stating, “The presentation was easy to understand and got right to the point. Everything I have received has been helpful. The community could benefit from this information, keep it going, tell others about this important information.”

The goals for the three seminars were as follows:
The Pastoral Visit – To review information you need to know to provide effective pastoral care.

Comforting the Fearful, The Sacred Art of Listening – To understand the importance of listening and responding in the helping process.

Loss and Grief – To provide information and resources to assist individuals and their congregations to be effective caregivers and supportive of persons experiencing loss and grief.

A future series of seminars has not been scheduled at this time, and currently the expectation is that this will be planned for 2016 or 2017.