POP Lay Ministers participate in a two-day training course, covering key pastoral care techniques. The two days consist of: one day of a classroom-style didactic session with a training manual, and one day of experiencing visits by shadowing in a hospital clinical setting. This training can best be described as a micro-version of a Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE), equipping students with techniques learned in hospital chaplaincy training. The following texts are provided during the training and a Certificate of Training is provided upon completion.
The well-established excellence in our Lay Chaplaincy training program has come from a commitment to offer quality Spiritual Care in our service to God and His people. As a result, we continue to produce hundreds of wonderful Lay Chaplains that serve those needing this care, in hospitals across the City of Houston and beyond. There is a cost associated with our training, based on the organization or individual. To discuss training costs please feel free to contact our office at [email protected] or call 713-526-2585 ext. 232.
Next Training Date:
Spring 2018 training and location dates to be announced.
“I truly experienced the presence of God.“
(A reflection from a patient after a visit from a POP Lay Minister)
Prayers Of the People (POP) is a ministry designed to carry Christ’s Gospel into the medical communities. Offering church members the opportunity to serve others who are in great need of care and support, POP provides an avenue to put compassion for one’s neighbor in action.
The POP Training encourages all who participate to grow in their faith, compassion and knowledge of suffering. The focus of the POP ministry is to provide comfort, care, and love to those in the hospital while keeping the focus on the Gospel and God’s love.
“For learning about wisdom and instruction, for understanding words of insight… let the wise also hear and gain in learning, and the discerning acquire skill…” (Proverbs 1:2 & 5)
Next Training Date:
Saturday, September 23, 2017
Time: 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
TBD; 9 AM – 4 PM; Location TBD