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Lay Ministers Training


Tuesday, November 2nd from 7:00pm – 8:30pm

Sept. 28, Oct. 5, 12, 19, 26 and Nov. 2, at 7pm – Click here to register online

SDP has trained over 35 lay ministers over the past six years to be the hands and feet of Christ in our faith community. Lay ministers share the love of Christ with our homebound members and those in need. They develop relationships with others by walking alongside them to show them they are remembered and loved. This fall, our lay ministry training class will delve into various topics such as Deep Listening, Prayer, Sympathy vs. Empathy, Compassion, Dementia, Communion, and Healing. Participants will gain knowledge , confidence and skills in all these areas from experts in the field, SPD Pastors and SPD’s Parish Nurse. These tools can be used in your everyday life, too. Our need for lay ministers has increased as our population has aged and people seek more caring connections through their faith community. For questions, contact Susan Path, SPD Parish Nurse at

Sarah Ciavarri will be joining us for 3 upcoming classes open to the entire congregation during the Lay Ministry Training.. Rev. Sarah Ciavarri, M.Div., BCC, PCC, CDTLF, loves seeing people get excited about their lives and futures. Sarah is a Certified Dare to Lead™ Facilitator through Brene Brown, a Board Certified Chaplain, and a Professional Certified Coach through the International Coaching Federation. Sarah is the author of Find Our Way to Truth: Seven Lies Leaders Believe and How to Let Them Go. She is the Director of Spiritual Care at Augustana Care Health and Rehabilitation of Apple Valley, MN and is a graduate of Luther Seminary, St. Paul, MN.

Please join us for Sarah’s thought provoking presentations:

October 12, 7pm: The Art of Listening

October 19, 7pm: Cultivating Compassion & Recognizing Feelings in Caring Relationships

October 26, 7pm: Cultivating Resilience in Relationships

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