Barnabas partners with churches and ministries to design training specific to their needs. The training courses last from one day to several weeks and equip staff and lay leaders to go deeper in the understanding of dignity, depravity, and dependence on Christ. Our core Barnabas Training is comprised of three levels taking the participant from biblical understanding of ourselves to peer-supervised caregiving scenarios.

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Barnabas Training Basic

This one-day seminar equips you to better encourage friends facing difficult times in life and faith by gaining a biblical understanding of your own heart. It includes lectures and an interactive small group experience, plus reflective time to practically apply principles to one real-life friendship. The seminar will help you better understand yourself as well as invite others into a deeper relationship in Christ. Barnabas Training Basic forms the foundation for those who want further training in caring for others (Barnabas Training Level One, Two, & Three).

Level 1

This 10 week training extends the fundamentals of Barnabas Training Basic. It’s a program that includes teaching and practice in a small group context. Participants will improve their care giving skills through practice time and an ongoing relationship with a partner in the group.  Class size limited to 8.

Level 2

A 10 week training program in a small group setting that expands upon Level One material. You will learn how to listen, ask better questions and to care for others with a more discerning mind and heart. Level Two focuses on the application of the model requiring a greater level of personal engagement. Participants will learn through in group care giving, share real life scenarios and receive feedback.

Level 3

Level 3 helps us grow in confidence as we explore real-life situations where we are caring for others. It is a context for receiving feedback from peers and a Barnabas Staff counselor. Peer Supervision is an experiential process requiring personal engagement. Feedback will be compassionate but at times intrusive so this is not for the weak at heart. You bring real life, care-giving situations and a staff person leads the discussion into your “case.”

“As I consciously began using some of the questions learned in Barnabas, the man revealed a story of pain and heartbreak, and we ended with my promise to pray for his son and the family. All in a matter of less than 15 minutes! Most of the time conversations at social events like these are just chit chat, but it showed me how, with a conscious attitude of looking for real engagement and using what I’d learned at Barnabas, it really can happen.”

— Training Grad