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

What should your Lenten practice be? Let the Enneagram guide you.
Chaplaincy and Pastoral Counseling / General CBF

What should your Lenten practice be? Let the Enneagram guide you.

By Laura Stephens-Reed The Enneagram is an ancient tool that gives us a framework for understanding ourselves and others. It helps us identify the unhelpful stories we tell ourselves about who we are and about how we interact with those around us. Out of that understanding, we can name and lean into narratives that draw … Continue reading

Identifying Your Church’s Values and Using Them to Plan
General CBF / Pastoral Care

Identifying Your Church’s Values and Using Them to Plan

By Laura Stephens-Reed I recently interviewed several pastors about their experiences leading congregations during the pandemic. Specifically, I wanted to know how they handled the initial turn to online worship and the million mini-ministry pivots they’ve had to make in the two years since. Unsurprisingly, all these pastors are exhausted. But not all are discouraged. … Continue reading

Why pastoral care is so complicated right now and how church members can make sure they get the care they need.
Pastoral Care

Why pastoral care is so complicated right now and how church members can make sure they get the care they need.

Rev. Laura Stephens-Reed Many pastors go into ministry because they love people. They consider your willingness to trust them with your stories a privilege. They want to hold your hand when you have gotten bad news. They celebrate alongside you at milestone moments. Pastoral care is not just part of ministers’ job descriptions. It is … Continue reading

General CBF / Resources

Sharing a life: Ministers and Caring Congregations

This is the first of several blog postings over the coming weeks introducing a new CBF resource, Well-Being and Excellence in Ministry—A Practical Resource for Ministers and Caring Congregations. Each day in ministry holds incredible moments for life to be shared together. From the first day until the last there are shared opportunities for ministers … Continue reading