Watch a short one-on-one interview between the instructor Dr. Ross Johnston and Pastor Rob Penner to gain a better idea about the course and the instructor.
Called to Care:
Foundations for Caregiving
Course Description & Objectives
Tuesdays | April 13 – June 1 (8 sessions) | 7:00 – 8:30 pm
Who cares? This question often surfaces in modern life and language. Who should care? Shouldn’t Christians? Why would we think that, and if true, how are we to go about it? Especially in the midst of a pandemic! This 8-week class will explore the biblical foundations for caregiving, the role and ministry of caregiving, equipping of the caregiver, those who need care, skills of caregiving, downsides & dangers in caregiving, finding balance & direction in caregiving and benefits of caregiving. During the course you will be invited to demonstrate care in a practical way, as well as determine how God may be calling you to be a caregiver in your future. The sponsor of this course is the Willingdon Church Care Ministries.
1. To help participants understand the Biblical basis of caregiving and our duty to respond.
2. To help participants see how God has uniquely gifted them to care for others and, through the empowerment of the Holy Spirit, desire to serve.
3. To move participants to discover & commit to arenas where they may invest their lives in caregiving ministry to others.
Instructor: Dr. Ross Johnston
Ross Johnston has invested over 40 years in pastoral and para-church ministry throughout Western Canada. His major accomplishment has been the privilege of fulfilling the call to be a pastor – to care for the people God has placed in his path during his lifetime. Currently he is working half-time as a chaplain to seniors in a long-term care home and investing the rest of his life in the equipping of youth and adults for ministries of care. He and his wife Beverley will celebrate 50 years of marriage this summer. He is father to three adult children, a wonderful son-in-law and grandfather to three delightful granddaughters. He holds four earned ministry degrees and is the author of Boomer Boosters: Inspiration for Aging Baby Boomers (Amazon). Ross and Bev have been part of Willingdon Church for over four years. Camping, reading and kayacking are among his favourite avocations!
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