Incarnation offers Community of Hope training for the purpose of awakening future Community of Hope members to God’s call on their lives and to help them to discover their spiritual gifts for ministry. Guided by the Rule of St. Benedict, each participant is encouraged to make this experience a journey into wholeness and to use this time to develop a rule of life which includes a discipline of daily readings from the Rule, silence, Christian meditation, Lectio Divina, regular participation in the Community, and accountability to the Community.
The training program consists of fourteen weekly sessions that not only acquaint members with Benedictine spirituality but also bring experts to present on the theology of pastoral care, listening skills, conducting pastoral visits, confidentiality, debriefing, understanding family systems, grief and loss, practice visits, and other topics designed to equip members to carry out this ministry.
Upon completion of the course, those whose call is affirmed covenant convene to visit assigned care receivers on a weekly basis to help maintain connection with the church community, to pray and read scripture, to be in a loving relationship. They also covenant to come together for monthly meetings of the Community of Hope, where they receive continuing education, where they worship together, and where the community is nurtured.
More than 100 Community of Hope centers have been established, representing over 130 Episcopal Churches. Community of Hope has been active at Incarnation since 2005 and members have conducted over 3,000 pastoral visits. While the work of the Community is conducting pastoral visits, prospective members should know that participating in this spiritually enriching community involves a significant and ongoing deepening of their own spiritual lives.
For questions and further information, please contact Deacon Judy Frizzell through the Church office (214) 521-5101.