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

How a San Francisco church creates bigger, better community through giving
Featured / Missions

How a San Francisco church creates bigger, better community through giving

By Jennifer Colosimo The past 20-plus months have seen a lot—much more than a quick list could cover. But one thing we can celebrate amidst the chaos is how many people were able to push through hardships, confusion and logistical nightmares to some sort of silver lining. That includes Nineteenth Avenue Baptist Church, a small … Continue reading

Garth Jennings, Director of the Sing films and The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
Podcast

Garth Jennings, Director of the Sing films and The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy

2021 was supposed to be much easier than 2020, wasn’t it? But we all have experienced the political unrest, social upheaval, continued strains of the pandemic, and so much more.  So when an opportunity comes along to escape from it all for even one hour and fifty minutes, you jump on that opportunity.  At least … Continue reading

Frank Schaeffer: Fall in Love, Have Children, Stay Put, Save the Planet, Be Happy
Podcast

Frank Schaeffer: Fall in Love, Have Children, Stay Put, Save the Planet, Be Happy

They call it “The Great Resignation.” People are leaving their jobs, changing careers, and reprioritizing their lives. But why?  For some, especially women, the pandemic circumstances have forced them out of the workplace and into the role of primary caregiver for children or aging parents, or both. In a business world already not set up … Continue reading