Did You Know

4 Guiding Principles

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A Kin Ministry volunteer is someone who listens with compassion, accepts people as they are, respects another’s spiritual journey and embodies the caring presence of God.
The BeFriender Ministry Guiding Principles are the ground rules on which you build your relationships with your Kin. Over the next several months we will review each of these principles and how they play an important part within your connections.

Did You Know – 4 Guiding Principles

1. God is present

Volunteers are aware that they are in God’s presence when connecting with someone and that the time shared is a blessing to both the Kin volunteer and the Kin.

2. Caring not curing

Volunteers accept people as they are without telling them how they should be, listen with compassion without giving advice, and allow others to make their own decisions without trying to decide for them. The care offered by volunteers provides an opportunity for those they connect with to make choices and grow.

3. Nonjudgmental presence

Volunteers provide a sacred and safe space for someone to talk about their experiences, thoughts, and feelings without being judged or criticized.

4. Active listening

The value and healing potential of having one’s story heard is profound. Volunteers actively listen by using communication skills that create an environment of respect and dignity.


A Kin Ministry volunteer is a companion on the journey through life transitions.  Through listening, nonjudgemental presence and compassion, volunteers bring with them the caring presence of God and the community. Honoring the 4 Guiding Principles that you learned in training supports and strengthens the Kin Ministry relationship.

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