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October 8-9, 2021
Swanson RETREAT Center
Carol Joy Holling Camp


The Caring Congregations retreat offers care ministers guidance on the best Christian practices to help people move through life's challenges.


It will be facilitated by Rev. Karen Lampe, author of "The Caring Congregation" and creator of the Congregational Care Ministers (CCM) method of care. This method is based on a team approach: all of us, working together to support the congregation and community. 


Carol Joy Holling Center's first-class Swanson Retreat Center will be home for the retreat. You'll enjoy oversized rooms with two queen beds, full bathrooms, television, and wi-fi. There are also more than 300 acres of land to explore during your downtime and a top-notch kitchen to enhance your retreat experience!


$50 – Commuter | $100 – Double Room | $150 – Single Room 

Please register by September 30, 2021.

The Caring Congregations retreat is presented by First Lutheran Church of Fremont, St. Michael Lutheran Church of Omaha, and Nebraska Lutheran Outdoor Ministries.


Friday, October 8

8:45    Gathering Time

9:00    Worship

9:15    Introduction of Congregational Care/Setting Goals

10:15  In All Things Pray First

11:20  Break

11:35  Theology of Care With Conversation About Suicide

12:30  Lunch

1:30    Support Ministries

2:30    Boundaries

3:30    Break

4:00    Listening and Spiritual Guidance

5:00    End Day


Saturday, October 9

8:45   Gathering Time

9:00   Prayer and Devotional Time

9:15   Visitation

10:45 Break

11:05 Leading through the Darkest Valley

12:30 Lunch

1:30   Organization

2:45   Q&A

3:00   Break

3:20  Commissioning Service

4:00  End Day

about the presenter

Rev. Karen Lampe received a Bachelor of Science degree in physical therapy from the University of Kansas and practiced physical therapy for twenty years. While serving as a physical therapist, she attended Saint Paul School of Theology where she earned a Master of Divinity degree and subsequently became an ordained elder in the United Methodist Church. 


She served fifteen years at Church of the Resurrection in Leawood, Kansas, twelve as Executive Pastor of Congregational Care. She, along with the church staff and the Congregational Care Ministers (CCMs) at Church of the Resurrection, created and implemented the CCM method of care. In 2016, Rev. Lampe was awarded Most Distinguished Graduate from Saint Paul School of Theology. In 2018, she retired from Church of the Resurrection and established The Caring Congregation, LLC to provide this model of care for churches of all sizes.


Rev. Lampe has authored two books about this CCM care model, The Caring Congregation and Training Manual, available on this website. In partnership with Rev. Melissa Gepford, a third book is currently in production. Rev. Lampe's enthusiasm for this program is palpable as she calls everyone to use the experiences of their lives to build the kingdom.


Beyond her professional life, Rev. Lampe resides with her husband, Les, in the Kansas City area. They have three adult children and four grandchildren.


If you have questions about the Caring Congregations Retreat, please contact Dani Hatfield at or 402-944-2544.

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