Lay Care Ministers

Lay Care Minsters (LCM) are persons who receive special training in the most appropriate methods and techniques of providing pastoral care. Their purpose is to provide members of our congregation in need of pastoral care for a wide spectrum of care situations.  These include ministering to those who are hospitalized or require outpatient procedures, and to those in nursing facilities or the home bound. Spouses and other family also need special attention for which the LCM can provide assistance. In addition, the LCM is specially trained and experienced in attending to situations involving grief ministry or personal counseling.

Certification Training

Training is developed and taught by Rev. Dr. Richard Dayringer, an ordained minister, a nationally recognized educator and authority on pastoral care.  Dr. Dayringer is also the author of several books in the pastoral care field.  The training consists of classroom lectures and practice concerning applicable principles and methodology for appropriate interacting with patients and their families.  The initial certification training consists of four sessions that are each three hours and consist of lectures concerning pastoral care principles and visitation techniques, including role-playing to gain experience in applying the concepts discussed.  Some outside reading is required as well as a hospital visit with Dr. Dayringer.  Upon satisfactory completion, ther person is certified and consecrated as an LCM by the Grove FUMC and will work closely under supervision of the Grove FUMC ministerial care staff.

The Lay Care Minister Commitment

LCMs are trained and certified to supplement the care ministry of the ministerial staff.  
Each one commits to make themselves available to:
  • Visit those hospitalized.
  • Meet with those who are to undergo inpatient or outpatient procedures.
  • Visit those in nursing facilities or homebound.

These visits are generally made during the day at a time convenient to the LCM.  Being with a patient and their family prior to hospital procedures sometimes require visiting at a specific time, often early morning and sometimes to nearby cities.  

At a minimum, the LCM should be willing to cover local care visitation needs once every two weeks.

About Our Lay Care Director

Dr. Richard Dayringer, ThD Professor Emeritus, Southern Illinois University School of Medicine
Adjunct Professor, Oklahoma University College of Medicine-Tulsa
Author, Chaplain Supervisor, Conference Speaker, Preacher
Dr. Dayringer’s books:
  • The Heart of Pastoral Counseling
  • Life Cycle: Psychological and Theological Perspectives
  • The Image of God in the Psychology of Religion
  • Dealing With Depression
  • Pastor and Patient: A Handbook for Those Who Visit the Sick 
  • God Cares for You


Lay Care Ministry Contact

If you would like to participate in this vital ministry, please contact:

Dr. Richard Dayringer

Phone:  918-230-2775

Church:  918-786-5148