Stella Perrin gives her best gift to Ukrainian refugees; she hears them
Missions / Ukraine 2022

Stella Perrin gives her best gift to Ukrainian refugees; she hears them

By Marv Knox Mission projects often require volunteers to do all kinds of activities. During Stella Perrin’s recent trip to serve Ukrainian war refugees in Moldova, she did what she does best. She listened. Perrin participated in typical mission-trip projects—caring for children, cleaning up after meals, attending worship and even landscaping. But she also ministered … Continue reading

Why bringing in young families is not a magic bullet for your congregation
General CBF / Pastoral Care

Why bringing in young families is not a magic bullet for your congregation

By Laura Stephens-Reed I have heard it many times in congregations experiencing stagnation or decline: If we could just bring in more young families… This is an understandable thought. For churches with nurseries that once burst at the seams or with memories of youth choirs that went on tour in the summers, bringing in more … Continue reading

For Jeff Lee, being present sometimes means staying away
Featured / offering for global missions

For Jeff Lee, being present sometimes means staying away

By Grayson Hester North Macedonia (commonly referred to as simply “Macedonia”) doesn’t loom large on the radars of many Americans. In the shadow of much larger and more influential European countries, this small nation near Albania tends to get overlooked. Whereas France and Germany, for example, contain internationally renowned metropolises, Macedonia by and large, features … Continue reading

Becoming a hybrid congregation
General CBF / Pastoral Care

Becoming a hybrid congregation

By Laura Stephens-Reed Two years ago the world locked down, seemingly overnight, due to the rapid spread of COVID-19. Many congregations went from having a website and a minimal social media presence, which sometimes included recordings or livestreams of worship, to creating online community wholly through previously utilized and new-to-them media. Churches pivoted again and … Continue reading

Presence, Perseverance, Prayer and a Project: Lucien’s story
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Presence, Perseverance, Prayer and a Project: Lucien’s story

By Grayson Hester Lucien, better known by his church community as Dyak (“deacon” in Haitian Creole) has witnessed enormous change in the three years since his story was featured on the CBFblog. For one, Lucien’s home of Haiti has endured crisis after crisis in the last year alone—from the assassination of its president, Jovenel Moïse, … Continue reading