New every morning is your love, great God of light, and all day long you are working for good in the world. Stir up in us desire to serve you, to live peacefully with our neighbors and all your creation, and to devote each day to your Son, our Savior Jesus Christ. Amen.

"A Liturgy for Morning Prayer," Upper Room Worshipbook

Used by permission from the Book of Common Worship, © 2018 Westminster John Knox Press. All rights reserved. This prayer appears in “A Liturgy for Morning Prayer” in Upper Room Worshipbook.

Lay Speakers: Lay Pastoral Care Giving

Tim M. Farabaugh • February 2009

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A distinguished historian, academic and occasional evangelist I know was hushed by his stunned wife after he said to a friend he was visiting in the hospital, "I hope you don't die." A sentiment delivered sincerely but oh-so-awkwardly.

Expressing care to someone in need—whether within the community of faith or beyond—may seem the most natural thing in the world. For some, it is; for others, it's less so. All can improve.

Learn to reach out with God's love and care for others as outlined in this practical book. Farabaugh offers a systemic path for pastoral care using the gifts of the laity in the church.

"At a district Council on Ministries' meeting, our conversation focused on the realization that most of the clergy had no assistance in the area of pastoral care and felt overwhelmed by their many, sometimes conflicting, responsibilities," writes Farabaugh. "Most of the churches did not train anyone in caring ministries. Today it is time for clergy and laity to partner in caring for one another."

Unique to this course is the ongoing training and accountability meetings outlined for those in this invaluable ministry. During the monthly meetings, participants report on what they have learned and also study aspects of caring for situations and conditions of life, such as illness, suffering, grief and loss.

Leader's Guide: Leading in Lay Pastoral Care

Tim M. Farabaugh is Executive Director of the Hermitage in Northern Virginia, a community designed for active older adults age 62 or older that is located near Washington, DC in Alexandria, and historic Old Town Alexandria. Farabaugh has lectured at Wesley Theological Seminary and Pittsburgh Theological Seminary. He has also worked with Richard M. Gentzler, Jr. in presentations concerning aging. He has an MDiv from Methesco in Delaware, Ohio. He self-published 2 books: Ministry to and with the Elderly and A Guide to Long-Term Care Administration.

ISBN: 978-0-88177-554-9

Imprint: Discipleship Resources

Pub Date: February 2009

Trim Size: 6 in (w) x 9 in (h) x 0.334 in (d)

Page Count: 160

BISAC Categories: RELIGION / Christian Ministry / Pastoral Resources

BISAC1: REL074000