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Personal & Spiritual Development

Why Do Members Serve as Pastoral Care Associates?

“Throughout the 18 years I’ve been involved at First Church, I have been truly touched by the many blessings and benefits I received by being a part of this amazing congregation. When I was invited to consider becoming a PCA, I immediately thought it would be an incredible opportunity to give back!

“I feel honored to serve as a PCA for several reasons. Perhaps most meaningful are those special moments when I am in conversation with someone and they share aspects of their life—their history, their journey – that allow me to more deeply understand and respect their life’s path. In addition, I have greatly appreciated the fellowship of the PCA team. I’ve enjoyed our monthly meetings and occasional social gatherings.

“I recommend other church members consider serving as a PCA because it is filled with joyous moments for growth and development in one’s ability to listen closely and care more deeply for others. ~ Jean Groshek, current PCA


If you are interested in becoming a PCA, please read our church website FAQ page and watch this 40-minute video by Rev. David Pyle. The video will help you discern whether serving as a Pastoral Care Associate at First Church is a good fit for you.

Mandatory training focused on cultivating a listening presence and helpful approaches to outreach will be guided by our Associate Minister, Rev. Dena McPhetres and Co-Trainers Sarah Richards and Dale Skaggs, former PCAs. The required 20-hour training will be held in-person on four Saturdays: September 28, October 5, 19, and 26, 2024.

Application link is on the FAQ page and applications are due by May 1. Questions? Contact Rev. Dena  or Lynn Connolly, PCA Coordinator.

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