The pros and cons of hiring a member of the congregation for your church staff
Pastoral Care

The pros and cons of hiring a member of the congregation for your church staff

By Rev. Laura Stephens-Reed Many pastors are taught in seminary that a church should never hire one of its members to serve on staff, for reasons explained below. That said, ministers might enter a new-to-them context where a member is already in the role of Administrative Assistant or Director of Christian Education. And there might … 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

CBF launches congregational advocacy initiative called “Amplify”
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CBF launches congregational advocacy initiative called “Amplify”

April 28, 2022 By Aaron Weaver DECATUR, Ga. — The Cooperative Baptist Fellowship announced today the launch of a new congregational advocacy initiative called Amplify. An initiative of CBF Advocacy, Amplify is a four-part video series designed to equip churches to begin and improve ministries of advocacy. Through Amplify, congregations will demonstrate the love of … Continue reading