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

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

Defining Health after a Global Pandemic
COVID-19 / Leadership Scholars

Defining Health after a Global Pandemic

by Christopher West In the world of Covid-19, health has become a major topic of discussion and debate within our congregations. It seems that everywhere one goes today, people are discussing public health, health insurance reform, epidemiology, public policy in wake of the coronavirus, and the diminishing health of the American public. The thing missing … Continue reading

South Carolina pastor joins CBF development staff; Long-time field personnel Green shifts service to OGM
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South Carolina pastor joins CBF development staff; Long-time field personnel Green shifts service to OGM

April 20, 2021 By Jeff Huett DECATUR ─ Seeking to better serve congregations as they join God’s work in the world in partnership with the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship, CBF announced today the addition of two strategic staff roles in the Fellowship. A pastor active in CBF life with more than 20 years serving partner congregations … Continue reading

Reopening? The Church was never closed
bold faith / COVID-19 / Paul Baxley

Reopening? The Church was never closed

By Paul Baxley Recently, several governors in the southeastern United States announced plans to “reopen” their states for business. There has been vigorous debate about whether or not these decisions to reopen conform to the standards announced earlier by the Centers for Disease Control and the federal government. These announcements have been decried as reckless … Continue reading