Crisis Care TeamTraining for Faith Groups
Places of worship are often the first point of contact for people struggling with complex difficulties. Conversely, individuals who have significant needs can often feel isolated and alone. They may not know how to reach out or believe they are not welcome into our faith groups. As a faith community, we may not understand how to identify the signs of a "family at risk" or where to connect them to more appropriate resources that move beyond our calling and expertise.
Families facing significant struggles often report that judgement and fear from others are the top two reasons they no longer attend our faith groups. At the same time, faith leaders readily acknowledge they grapple with the very real barriers of time and leadership to fully address the needs.*
How do we begin to bridge these gaps? Crisis Care is a good place to start.
As a community, into the community: Caring for families at risk with compassion, confidence, and wisdom.
“Where there is no guidance, a people falls, but in an abundance of counselors there is safety.” Proverbs 11:4
What if we could learn to come along side of individuals and families at risk with deliberate, coordinated care? What if we could do it with confidence and compassion?
That is exactly what we want to help you do as a faith community.
No agendas, no programs, no curriculum. We want to help you implement what you most likely are already doing with greater intention and keeping in step with your mission.
If you have a desire to help people in need, look for ways to include those who are often marginalized, serve, learn, and grow along with others, then please consider learning more.
We want to help
Our training will assist your faith group in the following:
- Raising the level of awareness about families at risk.
- Recognizing early warning signs to prevent a crisis.
- Responding to individuals and families at risk in a compassionate and confident way that is consistent with your vision.
- Resourcing families beyond the scope of a church's capability.
- Reintegration back into church community.
- Running long distance along side of families.
CCT's are designed and trained to come alongside of families and individuals through awareness of a need within the church (request by family, pastor, etc.), or after an emergency incident. Crisis Care Teams do not require legal certification; they will be trained to recognize, respond, and if needed, connect families with the professionally certified specialists. CCT's will also be trained to compassionately assist with reintegration back into your faith family community.
Crisis Care Team Training: Identifying Your Core Leadership Team
It is ideal to already have your core champion(s), or leader(s), identified before your faith group attends the Crisis Care Team (CCT) training. Most likely this is someone in your faith community that you are already aware of that has an obvious passion for caring for people in need. The leader(s) should exemplify the values listed below. In addition to these values, it is important to identify someone who:
- takes initiative
- is mature
- works well with others
We recommend your core leadership team include a main leader, co-leader, and possible administrative assistant.
Values for Leaders and Members of Crisis Care Teams:
- Have a desire to come along side of families and individuals who struggle with an attitude of compassion.
- Have a desire to include those who are marginalized wherever possible.
- Have a desire to serve with gentleness.
- Have a desire to speak the truth in love.
- Have an understanding that helping people with complex problems can be a marathon, at times, not a sprint.
- Have a desire to be teachable and humble.
- Have a desire to support your pastors, elders, or leaders and work well with them.
- Have a desire to work together as a team in unity.
- Have a desire to seek wisdom together as a team through regular communication and prayer.
- Have a desire to protect confidence and reject gossip and slander.
- Have a desire to believe the best about others and reject judgmental attitudes.
- Have a an understanding of your limitations. We cannot fix situations, but we can assist whenever appropriate.
*summary taken from Disability and the Gospel ch. 9