Sat, Nov 18|
Victory Point Ministries
This 3.5 hour course provides an effective approach to the practice of mental health ministry through which any caring human being can reach out and help another who is in distress.
Time & Location
Nov 18, 2023, 9:00 AM – 12:30 PM
Victory Point Ministries, 11530 Ransom St, Holland, MI 49424, USA
About the event
Learn how to support the individuals in your community who live with mental illness, insecure housing, or chemical dependency and move from a transactional exchange to relational engagement, enabling substantive change with Companionship.
Hosts: Victory Point Ministries & Movement West Michigan
Location: Victory Point Ministries (11530 Ransom Street, Holland MI)
Fee: $20 (scholarships available as needed)
Register below by Nov 15th @ 12 pm
Who should take a Companionship course? Any secular and faith-based communities who are engaged with and support those who are disadvantaged using the practice of Companionship, through ministries of hospitality and outreach.
Participants will learn:
- The five practices of Companionship
- Skills to listen consciously and with openness
- Skills to maintain an awareness of limits and boundaries
- Skills to ease the isolation these difficulties often bring
Facilitator: Rev. Mark Stephenson
Mark Stephenson loves helping people grow in relationship with one another. Ordained in the Christian Reformed Church (CRC), he served two congregations, then served over 15 years as the Director of Disability Concerns for the CRC. In that role, he led workshops and conferences, created resources, and consulted with faith communities to help them build relationships and reduce stigma about disabilities and mental health challenges. He has received two units of Clinical Pastoral Education, and currently serves as the Board President of Pathways to Promise (pathways2promise.org), the parent organization of the Companionship Movement (thecompanionshipmovement.org).