BeFriender Ministry is an ecumenical program which expands the pastoral care of churches. It develops and equips leadership teams to train lay people to respond to the emotional and spiritual needs of individuals by bringing a caring presence and a living reminder of God’s love.
BeFriender ministers bring with them the caring presence of God and the community. BeFrienders participate in bi-weekly ministry reflection with the supervision of BeFriender staff, coordinators, and the BeFriender team. Ministry reflection provides accountability and growth which assists BeFrienders in their ability to listen and be non-judgmental, to put aside their own prejudices or desire to give advice. Brief portions of some visits are used during ministry reflection; fictitious names are used and unnecessary identifying details are eliminated. Confidentiality is maintained.
Serving as a BeFriender provides an opportunity to grow spiritually and be of support to other BeFrienders as well.
Additional information about the BeFriender Ministry program maybe found at the National BeFriender Ministry website.
To learn more about BeFrienders at Wesley– either about volunteering as a BeFriender or requesting a BeFriender — contact:
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Pastor Vickie Healy, 224-1947