The mission of CareGivers Forum is "to increase the effectiveness of those providing care for Christian workers through purposeful collaboration and community".
This is accomplished primarily through an annual conference held each fall since 1989. This gathering of ministry leaders provides the opportunity to build personal relationships, awareness and trust, to share best practices, and to be professionally sharpened and personally renewed.
Over the years those attending the Forum have also become an informal on-going network of like-minded people supporting one another in the task of “ministering to ministers.”
Components of the Forum
The Forum is guided by a steering committee which seeks to give the attendee a balanced environment of small group interaction, large group input, and free time to network, problem solve, and grow spiritually.
Main sessions each year include times of worship and presentation focusing around a theme offering information, challenge and spiritual inspiration in areas concerning the caregiver and their ministry and/ or those we are called to serve.
Workshops cover topics including the nuts and bolts of new ministries, special issues in ministry, and personal development and renewal.
Forum attendees come from a variety of ministry settings, from places providing rest and renewal retreats to places providing comprehensive mental health services.
For those who are just contemplating starting a new ministry, the Forum can be a great place to meet and interact with others who have experience in many types of ministry.
For the well-established ministry, it is a place to be reminded that you are not alone, to give back to others, and to consider best practices and be challenged by interaction with others who share the same vision.
There are no dues or membership fees. The Forum is funded simply through each year's conference fees and the efforts of volunteers.
From the beginning, the Forum has been led by and found commonality in the basic tenets of the Christian faith as laid out in the Bible. (See Statement of Faith)