This course seeks to equip individuals to serve dementia patients and to lead ministries that serve people with dementia and the people who care for them. It is built on the foundational conviction that the Christian faith significantly broadens how people with cognitive impairments are viewed and treated. Such a task requires a basic understanding of dementia and the spiritual needs and gifts of people who live with Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia. The goal of this class is to empower learners with the knowledge and understanding of dementia using a spiritual lens, and to enable them to become more comfortable ministering with individuals affected by these diseases.
Learners need to obtain this book: Ministry with the Forgotten: Dementia through a Spiritual Lens by Kenneth L. Carder
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This course has been approved by Discipleship Ministries (formerly the General Board of Discipleship) as an advanced course in Lay Servant Ministries and qualifies for 10 contact hours for Lay Speakers (equivalent 1 CEU).
This course is eligible for 1.0 CEUs.
Number of weeks: 2
Required books: Yes
Certification or Series: Yes (Lay Servant Ministries)
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About the Instructor
Dorothy Kropf earned her Ph.D. in Education with a specialization in Educational Technology. She has a Master’s degree in Human Services/Counseling with a concentration in Executive Leadership. She is currently the Director of Online Undergraduate Program for Life Pacific University and has been teaching and designing courses since 2007. Dorothy and her husband, Rene, live in Murrieta, California. They attend the Murrieta United Methodist Church. They have two grown sons and enjoy biking and watching British detective shows.