Over the last few weeks, the array of needs among congregation members have greatly increased. People are worrying about unemployment and looming bills. They feel anxiety about getting sick. And almost everyone is concerned for family and friends, and people who are ill. In many cases, pastors and churches are bearing the weight of caring for people. Join us as we discuss practical ways pastors and churches are embracing their role as frontline care providers.
Many workers are facing a great deal of stress right now. Healthcare workers in particular face a unique strain; working long hours to help contain a global pandemic, in which they themselves are not immune. How can pastors and churches support those in the healthcare field in this unprecedented time? Join us as we host a conversation on how to best support the healthcare workers in our churches and in our cities.
With rapidly rising unemployment, churches are faced with an immediate growing concern. Unemployment has profound implications not only for financial health, but also mental health. This affects not only individuals, but families and communities. What role can churches play to serve those who are unemployed?
When people approach the church for financial assistance, leaders often recommend a developmental approach to benevolence, focusing on long-term, relational support, walking with them from a place of chronic poverty to a place of hope and flourishing. But what happens to that approach when a global pandemic and economic crisis drain our benevolence budgets and more people need help than ever?
Different kinds of workers are experiencing very different realities in the time of COVID- 19. Essential workers, non-essential workers, workers on the frontlines, workers whose hours have been reduced, workers whose work looks very different now... how can the wise pastor shepherd people in such different circumstances?
COVID-19 has turned all of us into entrepreneurs, whether we like it or not, causing us to rethink everything about the way we do church. The pandemic has not only brought challenges, but new possibilities to serve God’s people and our communities. To fully realize these possibilities and join God in his work at this time, we must cultivate an entrepreneurial mindset.
While many pastors and churches were already engaged in confronting racism in their communities, others are realizing how much work needs to be done. How can pastors and churches respond, engaging in what Latasha Morrison has called, “being the bridge,” with humility and wisdom?
Join us this week as we continue our conversation on how the church must address issues of racism, and help people develop cross-cultural competence for engaging across lines of difference. In addition, we’ll continue to explore how pastors and congregants can apply these competencies to issues in the workplace, neighborhood, and local economy, engaging in what Latasha Morrison has called, “being the bridge.”
We live in anxiety-inducing times. We love predictability, and the current cultural and societal climate is anything but predictable. Will I or someone I love get sick from coronavirus? Will the economy recover? How long until I lose my job? Will I be able to find a new one? Will racism and injustice ever end? Neither pastors nor congregation members are immune from paralyzing anxiety.