A coffee and dessert evening or information night is a good forum to introduce Lifekeys to your church or interested people. By using the Intoduction to Lifekeys DVD which is available for sale online, you can bring 2.5hrs of information to your audience which includes testimonies from participants, facilitators and leaders from some of the largest churches in Australia and NZ. Allan & Helen Meyer explain the history of Lifekeys and the benefits of how the programs will help your congregations and communities. There is also an outlined description of each program and the topics it covers. The Introduction to Lifekeys DVD is a professional presentation and a resource that we would encourage you to utilize.
The ‘how to get started’ introduction letter that is posted on the website is a good guide to helping you know the procedure and timeframe that you will need to undertake in establishing this ministry.
It is important to have an advisory board whose main role is to oversee and be responsible for the running of the programs and to implement the correct Policies and Procedures . This board will also be the support network for the co-ordinators and facilitators who may need assistance in how to deal with challenging participants or difficult scenarios that might come up from time to time.
Your Pastor, the Lifekeys co-ordinator, a counsellor, teacher, doctor, nurse, church elder. Usually your board need only consist of 3 –5 people but would be advisable to have some with professional qualifications if possible.
The training of potential facilitators is of the utmost importance in preparing them for the role that they will exercise in the small group time. The training will benefit the facilitator by helping them to competently and confidently lead a small group of people. Not only does the training help the facilitator to know how to handle sensitive issues that can come up during the group time, it also gives them the basis for understanding that wounded people need a safe place to share and process their ‘stuff’. The Facilitator Training was designed specifically with the Lifekeys model in mind.
Six to eight participants is the maximum number we suggest along with two facilitators per group. Any more than this number will hinder the opportunity for each member to have adequate time to share.
Yes, before attempting to open the doors of Lifekeys Ministry to people from the wider church or community, it is important for the trainee facilitator to experience a Careforce Lifekeys program as a participant. This will help to further their own healing and to give them more experience of the small group time. Search for Life is our recommended program for the trainee to participate in .
You may be surprised who turns out to be a good facilitator. They don’t have to be able to teach, that’s not their role but they do need to be able to lead discussion and keep the group working. Look around your church and invite anyone who cares about, and connects well with people. It can help if the person has a professional or social work background – although that isn’t a guarantee that a person will facilitate well. Allow people to enrol for the Facilitator Training course and assess their readiness at the end of the training process.
8. What is the Careforce Lifekeys License Agreement?
The License Agreement comes with the Policies and Procedures manual when a program is ordered. Before commencing any Lifekeys program, the user must sign and return the License Agreement to the Lifekeys office. The signing of this Agreement means that the user will adhere to the Policies & Procedures as outlined in the manual and will run the Lifekeys programs accordingly.
9. Do all Lifekeys programs require the formal training to be undertaken?
No. Search for Intimacy is the only program that can be run without formal training of facilitators. It is one of our most flexible programs in that it can be run in various formats. Eg: seminar style, small groups, in schools, home groups, to replace the evening service for 8 weeks. etc etc.
10. We are a small church or non for profit organisation and have limited resources, can we photocopy manuals?
No you cannot photocopy any Lifekeys materials unless with the expressed permission from Lifekeys and only in certain and unique circumstances. Fund raising or sponsorship is encouraged and the charging of participants to do the courses is the preferred way to fund the cost of manuals.
11. Do manuals have to be purchased when running a program?
Most definitely . Each participant is required to have their own manual to follow through which contains a lot of information as each session is covered ,along with homework that participants are encouraged to do each week.
12. Why can’t we order resources over the phone?
All ordering is now being done via our Lifekeys website which allows for resources to be purchased and paid for with no fuss or room for error. The order comes directly to our accounts area and then forwarded to our warehouse for despatching.
13. How do I find a church nearby who is running a program that I would like to do?
Our Lifekeys website has a section called ‘Partner/Hub’ churches which shows churches that are endorsed by Lifekeys as being regular uses of our programs through the year. You can click on the link and go straight onto that churches website which should have scheduled, the programs that are on offer for the year. We are looking to increase this list all the time as churches take up partnership with us.