Our next session will begin in Fall 2021.  Details will be coming at a later date.
Have you ever wanted to reach out to a friend in need but wondered, "What should I say? Will I offend if I say something? What if I get in over my head? I want to help but I don’t know how!"

Many times we want to reflect the love of Christ by responding to those in distress but we feel ill-equipped and unprepared to do so.

The mission of iCARE is to encourage, empower and equip individuals to care for hurting people through the gospel of hope and healing.

iCARE will equip you to care for your family, friends and the people God puts into your life with greater confidence, purpose and awareness. This 12 week program combines a biblical approach to care with an insight into the reality of being human. Classes are taught by CPC pastors & CPC Counseling Center therapists who have expertise in a variety of areas.

Topics include:

  • Emotions, Empathy & Expectations with Pastor Heidi Johnson
  • The Art of Listening & Response with Makela Mimms, LMFT
  • The Challenge of Relational Conflict with Laura Taggart, LMFT
  • Caring for LGBT & Families with Pastors Cathy Burkholder & Heidi Johnson
  • Insight Into Eating Disorders with Makenna Clements, LMFT
  • The Importance of Healthy Boundaries & Self Care with Chris Coble, LMFT
  • Grief, Loss & Illness with Pastor Heidi Johnson
  • The Truth About Depression with Jeanne James, LMFT
  • Understanding Addiction with Ginny Mosby, MSRP/LMFT
  • Responding to Mental Illness with Chris Coble, LMFT
  • Viewing a Teen's World with Pastor Bill Haslim
  • Understanding Stress & Anxiety with Danielle Fitch, LMFT

iCARE is a great opportunity to learn from individuals who are on the front lines of caring for people every day. This equipping is offered as a complete series. The classes are not available for drop-in attendance as each class builds upon the previous one. Reading and written assignments are also required.

The cost for the series is $60 which includes all books and instructional materials.

Class Details:  

1.  Confidentiality in all information shared by fellow participants.
2.  In the first 7 week session, each participant is required to read "How Can I Help?" as assigned.  "How Can I Help?" is an easy to read, biblically based book written by veteran Bible Counselor Lynda Elliott.  It contains Scripture, wisdom and practical suggestions for care-giving.  Reading time will range from 15-45 minutes per week.  The book will be distributed at the first class.
Participants are also asked to write a single reflection paragraph on each chapter.  A few examples of this might be:
  - This chapter helped me better understand...
  - I felt the author made a good point regarding...something I had not previously considered.
  - I never realized _______ about __________.
The point of the reflection assignment is to help you claim new understanding and awareness in caring for others.
3.  In the second 5 week session, each participant will read one book of choice and submit a one page reflection of insights and potential application.  An extensive booklist will be provided at the beginning of the class.  Each participant will choose a book, which is included in the cost of the class.  A one page reflection will be due by the end of January.
iCARE is offered to those willing to spend time and effort in expanding their caregiving skills.  There is no requirement to serve the church following the series, however there will be opportunities for those who wish to do so.  Whether God is calling you to a personal ministry in your neighborhood, to your family, or in service to His people, iCARE can help you share the love of Christ in practical, effective ways to those in need.

iCARE requires an investment of time and effort.  It is designed for individuals who are in a position to make a commitment to attend all 12 classes and fulfill the reading and written assignments.  The classes are not available for drop-in attendance as each class builds upon the previous one.

Please call Heidi Johnson at 925.855.1367 ext. 215 for additional information.