11 Week Training Event


  • LIFELINE TO HOPE is an eleven-week lay caregiving training program to help you become a competent biblical caregiver – to provide support, encouragement, and spiritual care to those in need

Who is LIFELINE TO HOPE training for?

  • Anyone who wants to grow in their people-helping and relational skills
  • Anyone who wants to grow as a caregiver, counselor, coach, chaplain, or leader
  • Anyone in ministry contexts (pastors, lay leaders, small-group leaders)
  • Anyone seeking insight into how to biblically help others
  • Anyone wanting to learn basic caregiving and counseling principles
  • Counselors looking to integrate biblical truth into their practice

What will be covered in the training? 

  • The Biblical Basis for Caregiving
  • Biblical Hope and Practical Help – The Keys for Living Model
  • Effective Listening and People Helping Skills – Part 1
  • Effective Listening and People Helping Skills – Part 2
  • The Search for Significance
  • Your Parents and You
  • Basic Helping and Crisis Intervention Skills
  • Strongholds and Spiritual Warfare
  • The Process of Change and Healing
  • Ethics, Liability, and the Law – Servant Leadership
  • When Helping You is Hurting Me

What are others saying about LIFELINE TO HOPE training?

Testimonials Video

What is the cost? 

  • $25 for the training manual

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Course Facilitators:

Maria Stansbury

Hope Ministry Director of Facilitator Development

Maria started her social work journey 24 years ago. She holds a bachelors in Social Work from Liberty University and a Masters in Social Work from UNA.

She is a mental health clinician at Valley Christian Counseling, in Huntsville. She has personal and professional experience in the treatment of ADHD, ASD, military family issues, and trauma issues. 

Maria is looking forward to serving her church by equipping others to better help hurting people.

Scott & Karen Harmening

Hope Ministry Co-Directors

God redemptively used the death of Scott and Karen's daughter to fan their passion for caring for hurting people. They have an urgency for clearly sharing the fullness of the Hope of Jesus Christ with everyone, but uniquely so with those who are hurting.  

Karen's experience as a corporate chaplain, and their combined experience leading and facilitating ministry for bereaved parents led to their current roles in Hope Ministry. 

Their Hope in Jesus Christ was and is the anchor of their souls. Their anchor held fast through their darkest storm, and they long to share the reality of that unshakable Hope with as many as will listen.