The Ministry of Lisa Copen

Lisa Copen, Founder of Rest Ministries which serves the chronically ill, shares about mothering, illness, ministry and more.

Disability and Caregiver Ministry Events

There are a couple of ministry events I want you to know about in case you or someone you know is interested in attending!


Delsummitlogo The first is the Through the Roof Summit Conference by Joni and Friends. There are 2 of these, one on each coast.

The first one is Sept 28-29 in Chicago, the second one is Oct 26-28 in Pasadena, CA. I’m honored to be speaking and leading a round table discussion at the one in September. You can find more information here:

The titles of my workshop and round table are:

(talk) Invisible Disabilities: Effective Tools Every Church Should Have for Outreach Ministry Both Inside and Outside the Church Walls (talk)

Invisible Disabilities: How to Effectively Minister to People with Hidden Illnesses or Conditions (round table)

There are other excellent workshops on a variety of topics!

  • 4 Powerful General Sessions
  • 26 Dynamic New Workshops
  • Open Forum & Networking Sessions
  • Next Step Forum and Breakfast with National Disability Leaders
  • Experience a Disability Ministry Sunday
  • Visit In His Image Special Needs Ministry Classrooms


Cares_0del1 The second on is a brand new Caregiver’s Conference called Someone Cares organized by a friend of mine, Carmen Leal, along with Lifeway.


October 25 – 28, 2007
LifeWay Ridgecrest Conference Center
Ridgecrest, North Carolina

She writes…

Research shows there’s a positive connection between health and spiritual wellbeing, yet as a speaker at caregiver and disease focused conferences around the country and internationally, I have noticed a void of faith-based topics. There are over 56 million family caregivers in the United States alone and that number will only grow as the world continues to gray. A 2006 study from Barna Research showed 86-88% of Americans profess to be Christians, yet at a time in their lives when caregivers are contemplating end-of-life issues and have an ever-increasing need for a relationship with God, faith issues are rarely addressed.

I’m excited to announce a new conference for caregivers, church staff, lay leaders, and others who care. This conference is designed to reach those who are searching for spiritual comfort, relief, and direction as they experience the loss, frustration, anger, grief, and hopefully, the joy of caregiving. The goal of SomeOne Cares is twofold.

The first goal is to help the church community learn how to more effectively:

  • Serve the Caregiver
  • Pray for the Caregiver
  • Learn from the Caregiver
  • Care for the Caregiver
  • Grieve with the Caregiver

The second goal is to help the caregiver focus on the One who cares for them as they care for those they love. The conference is an opportunity for respite while participants gain better caregiver skills.

Our first SomeOne Cares conference is scheduled for October 25 – 28, 2007 at the beautiful Ridgecrest Retreat Center in the North Carolina Blue Ridge Mountains. The conference is packed with daily praise and worship, general sessions featuring passionate talks, multi-media presentations, drama, music and sculpting, over 40 concurrent workshops, resource tables, mealtime round table discussions, and a Friday night concert featuring Dove award winning artist Scott Krippayne.

I hope you will take a look around the site and learn more about this wonderful and much-needed conference.



If you are in these areas and can attend, please do. Otherwise, please take a moment to spread the word about these 2 conferences to anyone who may be interested – your groups or forums you belong to, print out  acopy of the web pages and give them to your pastor or congregational care pastor and let him know that these kinds of events are even available (and needed!)

Many of you have asked for years for a HopeKeepers conference and I have faith that at some point it will happen, but first we need to support these great events to make sure the need is recognized by not only ourselves, but our churches and ministries.

Bless you!


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