COMPASSION IN ACTION
COMPASSION IN ACTION:
PARISH MINISTRY TRAINING
A Program to Equip, Train & Mentor Your Parish In a Ministry of Caring, Compassion, & Relational Transformation
Compassion in Action is a ministry of personal presence ~ of empathy, compassion and listening provided by the faithful to someone who is suffering mentally, emotionally, physically and/or spiritually.
Faithful are trained and supervised to visit and provide Orthodox Christian care to hurting brothers and sisters in the parish, or to neighbors in the community.
THE FOCUS OF COMPASSION IN ACTION
The focus of a CiA Ministry is a visit – an attentive Orthodox caring presence for one who is suffering in some way. “To clarify, this ministry of caregiving does not focus on ‘doing things’ for the sufferer (e.g. cleaning the house, helping him/her get into the shower) but, rather, focuses upon the care receiver’s need for an Orthodox person’s presence as the center and sole reason for the visit.”
~ Excerpt from Concept Booklet
The Distinctiveness of
Compassion in Action
Not only is the care receiver transformed.
The care giver is transformed.
The parish is transformed.
COMPASSION IN ACTION discernment KIT
Participating parishes have access to the CiA Discernment Kit website:
With the blessing of Metropolitan Tikhon
With the blessing of the Diocesan Bishop
Exercises and activities to begin the process Materials to aid in discernment
A mentor is assigned to help and advise