Caring Congregations: Comfort for the Sick, Dying and Grieving

Caring Congregations: Comfort for the Sick, Dying and Grieving

PRIt is difficult to know what to say or how to address the spiritual impact of loss, grief and trauma. This type of congregational care is important and also daunting. But you can learn how to be better prepared to navigate these tough issues that all congregations face.

Join hospital chaplain Rev. Patrick Riecke in this long-term learning opportunity as he teaches and walks alongside you and other congregational leaders in order to develop better systems of care in your congregation.

This four-part program will lead you through the emotional, medical, ethical, and spiritual implication of disease, injury, death, grief, infertility, pregnancy loss, and infant/child death. It is for Indiana congregations like yours, interested in increasing skills at caring for people in their darkest moments.

Each congregation will select 3-5 team members from staff, board and/or committee members interested in hospital visitation, pastoral counseling, funerals, small groups, support groups, and/or developing systems of care unique to your congregation.

You must apply to participate in this program. Only 10 congregations will be accepted. Download the application here. 
The early application deadline is December 15, 2018. Congregations applying early will receive a 50% discount on the program. All applications are due by January 15, 2019. The cost is $100 after December 15; $50 now through December 15. If you have questions, please contact the Northeast Director Matt Burke at

If accepted, your congregational team will attend four training days: Wednesday, February 13, 2019; Thursday, April 25, 2019; Wednesday, September 18, 2019; and Thursday, November 21, 2019. These trainings will be held in Fort Wayne. 

In addition to the four full-day workshops, congregations accepted into the program will have access to Rev. Riecke between workshop days for consultation and conversation. He will be available to help you further develop systems of care for those in your congregation in their most difficult moments.