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Empowering the Laity for Pastoral Care

Do you feel God calling you into a new ministry to be the hands, feet, and listening ears for a broken world?  Are you ready for a new commitment to your faith and in service to others?

Training to be a Community of Hope Lay Chaplain

A 12-week training for Community of Hope lay chaplains begins in October 2022, and Saint Barnabas is welcoming applications. 

Community of Hope (COH) is a pastoral care model based on Benedictine Spirituality. The program builds a community of caregivers who are united in prayer and worship and shaped by the common practices and ethos of the Rule of Benedict. 

COH equips and deploys lay chaplains to meet the varied pastoral needs in the broader community: loss, grief, illness, aging, life transition, loneliness, to name a few.

The training modules are a rich time of exploration and team building and will be led by parishioners, clergy, and experts in the field. If you’ve been looking for a way to serve at Saint Barnabas, maybe Community of Hope is for you. Learn More about Community of Hope.


Fall session:  weekly Oct 13– Nov. 17, 2022   Thursday evenings from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. In Person
Winter session:  weekly Jan 5- Feb 2, 2023  Thursday evening from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.  In Person 

How to Learn More:  

A completed Safeguarding God’s People volunteer application is required to reserve your spot. Please contact Steve Bartlett, COH training facilitator, to receive a link to the application. Applications will be reviewed in early September by Rev. Jennifer Tucker and Rev. Pam Bell, and those accepted into the program will be notified at the end of September.

Contact Steve Bartlett.