UMC Spiritual Care Partners are professionally trained to facilitate spiritual care that respects each person’s core values and beliefs.
We are here to provide a caring presence, listening and counsel -- with the purpose of nurturing one’s hope.
We seek to provide pastors, deacons or ministers additional opportunities to care for and support their members at UMC. Such care provides guidance during patient/family crisis events pertaining to their physical, spiritual, emotional and relational well-being.
When patients are admitted to the hospital, they find themselves in an atmosphere of uncertainty and fear. Our UMC chaplains are often called upon to help families in times of crisis to help choose the best treatment options for them, pray for healing, or counsel the grieved. However, because the chaplain may not be as privy to their lives as the patient’s own minister or spiritual care advisor, we advocate a more proactive approach called UMC Spiritual Care Partners.
UMC Spiritual Care Partners is a community clergy association developed by UMC Pastoral Care. This association will offer clergy quarterly “grand rounds” education, designed to equip the local minister for more effective ministry to parishioners at UMC. Each quarter will highlight a different aspect of routine/crisis care and the minister’s role. In addition, an annual symposium will provide further training on core treatment topics.
Through UMC Spiritual Care Partners, it is our desire to provide programs and tools for more effective care of the “whole person.” It is our hope that you will prayerfully consider becoming an integral part of this exciting new venture, and that we might assist you in any way as you care for your parishioners at UMC.
UMC Spiritual Care Partners Offers:
- Broader parishioner ministry opportunities
- More direct access to patient crisis care
- A direct avenue for parishioner “end of life” care
- Periodic workshops for patient crisis care advocacy
- A greater understanding of the role of faith and medicine in today’s heath care
UMC Spiritual Care Partners members will receive an ID card, lapel pin and automatic enrollment in the “grand rounds” training seminars throughout the year, as well as additional benefits.
There is an annual membership fee and SPC members may attend the Annual Symposium for a discounted rate.
Active Membership Requirements:
- Active community clergy member, deacon, or parishioner in good standing with affiliate church
- Community clergy member dedicated to the support of parishioner in crisis
- Willingness to participate in crisis care training