Meredith Stone, the State of Women in Baptist Life
baptist women in ministry / Podcast

Meredith Stone, the State of Women in Baptist Life

Serving as the senior pastor of several different churches, along with a few associate roles, I have had my fair share of deacons, and congregational leaders question my decisions and leadership. I fondly remember having a chair of the deacons berate me in front of a Fellowship Hall of members on a Wednesday night because … Continue reading

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

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

CBF previews trailer for Fall 2022 resource Seeing Through the Eyes of Jesus
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CBF previews trailer for Fall 2022 resource Seeing Through the Eyes of Jesus

May 9, 2022 By Aaron Weaver DECATUR, Ga. — The Cooperative Baptist Fellowship released a video trailer today to preview the forthcoming resource Seeing Through the Eyes of Jesus focused on calling participants back to the central focus of the Christian faith, the Risen and Living Jesus. This new resource for Fall 2022 invites congregations … Continue reading