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ChurchWorks 2017: Wellbeing in Ministry

ChurchWorks, CBF’s 3-day event that equips, inspires, and renews ministers and ministry networks will focus on Wellbeing in Ministry. Held at Hendricks Avenue Baptist Church in Jacksonville, Florida on February 20-22, 2017; this annual event is the first of a three-year theme exploring wellbeing.


Dr. Matt Bloom

Leading the conversation will be Dr. Matt Bloom who leads the Wellbeing at Work Program at the University of Notre Dame. Dr. Bloom and his team believe work should be meaningful and their research explores how our work lives can thrive.  In partnership with the Lilly Endowment, Inc. and The Templeton Religion Trust, they research the conditions that foster, or impede, the positive work experiences, and the ability to be content, and flourish, in the short term, and over our lifetimes.

A particular aspect of Dr. Bloom’s research is focused on the wellbeing of clergy and their families examining what motivates pastors and priests to be engaged in ministry – and what disrupts them from experiencing wellbeing in their work.

“Being a pastor is a tough, demanding job, one that is not always very well understood or appreciated. Pastoral work is more complex than that which transpires in the hour-or-so a week that many lay people see the pastor in action, as she or he leads worship and preaches. What happens during this time is surely of central importance to clergy and their parishioners, but it is not the only important thing clergy do…it is a job in flux…it is made increasingly difficult by rapid changes in the pastor’s work environment, including the broader culture in which pastoral work is done.”

  • Listen to Dr. Bloom share about the Wellbeing at Work Program’s call to action
  • Listen to Libby Davis Manning, Pastor of Mission Outreach (ELCA) in Indiana, share about why Flourishing in Ministry matters
  • Listen to Kim Bloom, Senior Research Associate with the Wellbeing at Work Program, share about why she wished this researched existed, including the value of mentors, when she was a young minister
  • Listen to David-McAllister-Wilson, President of Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, DC share about how this study helps seminary’s shift from focusing on the decline of the Church toward thinking on what is going well with the Church
  • Listen to Chris Adams, Director of Vocational Ministries at Azusa Pacific share about how practical the research is for young people answering a call to vocational ministry

In Jacksonville, Dr. Bloom will lead three sessions on Wellbeing in Ministry:

Monday, February 20

3:00 p.m. Session 1: Insights for Ministers from the Science of Wellbeing

Tuesday, February 21

9:30 a.m. Session 2: Pastoral Identity

1:30 p.m. Session 3: Life Practices for Sustaining Wellbeing

Register for ChurchWorks by February 10. In order to reserve a room at the CBF hotel, you must reserve your room through CBF by Monday, January 30. Contact Josh Speight with any questions. 


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