Suffering and Ministry

Free workshop on August 20, 2019 and August 21, 2019

Registration is closed. For availability, Please contact Ashley: or call 717.393.9661

About The Conference

There are few topics in caring for the sick that is more discussed than the role suffering plays. It is a common explanation for the exploding opioid epidemic and for the push in many jurisdictions to legalize physician assistance in dying. The word suffering has become shorthand for both physical and mental pain that accompanies many illnesses, injuries, and honestly, simply the realities of growing old. But what do we make of suffering in the context of Christian ministry? Does the witness of our faith have something to say that moves beyond the frequent advice of “get over it and move on” that seems to so often characterize contemporary discourse?

In these sessions, we will thoughtfully engage the topic of suffering from a practical theological view, exploring the nuances of suffering and seeking to better understand how to effectively minister to persons in our congregations and community who are gripped by suffering. Join us for these thoughtful, practical workshops.

Conference Location:
Charles F. Snyder
Funeral Home & Crematory
3110 Lititz Pike
Lititz, PA 17543

Who Should Attend?

This conference is for, but not limited to, social workers, counselors, chaplains, therapists, long-term care or hospice and palliative care professionals, volunteers, funeral directors and after care workers, nurses, and Stephen Ministers.


To lead our conversation about ministry among the suffering, we have invited back to our community a well-known presenter, William G. (Bill) Hoy. Though Dr. Hoy now teaches pre-medical students as Clinical Professor of Medical Humanities at Baylor University, he understands from both a pastoral sense and a personal sense what it means to live with suffering. Both early in his career and later on, after receiving his clinical training, Bill served as a pastor in southern California. Throughout his clinical career including 17 years at the helm of a large community hospice and community bereavement program, Bill has supported patients and families as they suffered from all kinds of ailments, including the physical, spiritual, and mental.

Conference Agenda

FOCUS: Community and volunteer pastoral support persons

August 20, 2019 – 6:00 pm | Dinner

In this evening session, we will discuss…

  • a practical metaphor to describe and understand suffering
  • practical ways to engage with persons who are suffering
  • rethinking the role of scripture and prayer in supporting suffering people

FOCUS: Clergy and congregational leaders

August 21, 2019 – 8:00 am | Breakfast

In this morning session, we will discuss…

  • a practical metaphor to describe and understand suffering
  • ideas for the congregation’s teaching ministry regarding suffering
  • engaging volunteers in care for persons who are suffering

Costs And Registration

Charles F. Snyder Funeral Home & Crematory is sponsoring this unique educational conference for local clinicians free of charge.
Registration deadline is August 10.
Confirmation with directions will be sent upon receipt of registration.
Register early; space is limited.

Additional Information

Conference includes:

  • Continental breakfast or dinner
  • Lecture and conference materials

Unmasking The Mysteries Tour
An informative tour of the funeral home and crematory will be offered at the conclusion of the seminar. This is a great opportunity to go behind the scenes and ask questions.


Contact Ashley Smith Myers at 717.393.9661 x1120.

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