Who Are They?

The care team is a group of pastors and commissioned church workers who have been appointed by the District President to offer care coaching for the current workers of the district and their families.

The Care Team members have been chosen because of their experience in ministry and their ability to engage and support colleagues. They are church professionals who are normally available through an online appointment. They have completed a training program to develop a coaching style for care and support.

Why A Care Team?

Being in ministry can be challenging. Many church workers (pastors, teachers, deaconesses, DCEs, church musicians and others) can often feel alone, isolated and discouraged. When you add in family and personal health, it can easily be overwhelming. The members of the district care team are a good place to begin when dealing with such issues. They can provide a listening ear and help workers discover a new direction.

What is Coaching?

Coaching is not counseling. Coaching begins with the belief that most people have the resources needed to resolve an issue. A coach will first work to establish a relationship with the coachee. The coach will then help her or him identify the problem, explore options, and then develop a plan of action. The members of the care team have been trained to be coaches. As such, they will not give advice, but rather guide the coachee through a process. The coach will also provide follow-up when that is agreed upon.

Team Biographies

Diane Bahn
Dr. Jerry Brunworth
Tom Couser
Rev. Eloy González
Rev. Ken Hennings
Christiane Hobbs Bio
Dr. Lou Jander
Dr. Gary Schaper

Contact Information

Contact the care team members directly. They will set up an online meeting to begin the discussion.

Diane Bahn – dianebahntx@gmail.com
Dr. Jerry Brunworth – gbrunworth16@gmail.com
Tom Couser – thomascouser@yahoo.com
Rev. Eloy González – eloy@gonzes.net
Rev. Ken Hennings – hennings622@gmail.com
Christiane Hobbs – christiane.dce@gmail.com
Dr. Lou Jander – ljander@crownpnt.org
Dr. Gary Schaper – gschaper40@gmail.com
Rev. Jim Otte (advisor) – james@messiahlutheran.com

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