National Events

April 2020

Webinar: Pastors as Frontline Care Providers

April 2 @ 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm CDT
Zoom (online), United States

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.

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Webinar: Pastoring Healthcare Workers in the Pandemic

April 9 @ 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm CDT
Zoom (online), United States

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.

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Webinar: Pastoral Care for the Unemployed

April 16 @ 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm CDT
Zoom (online), United States
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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?

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Webinar: Benevolence Ministry in an Economic Crisis

April 24 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am CDT
Zoom (online), United States
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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?

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May 2020

Webinar: Pastoring Workers with Opposite Realities

May 1 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm CDT
Zoom (online), United States
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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?

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Webinar: Pastoring With an Entrepreneurial Mindset

May 15 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am CDT
Zoom (online), United States
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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.

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June 2020

Webinar: Racism and the Work of the Church

June 5 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am CDT
Zoom (online), United States
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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?

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Webinar: Racism and the Work of the Church – Part 2

June 12 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am CDT
Zoom (online), United States
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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.”

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Curt Thompson: Pastoring in an Age of Anxiety

June 18 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am CDT
Zoom (online), United States

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. 

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July 2020

Webinar: Cultivating A Generous Congregation in Uncertain Times

July 9 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am CDT
Zoom (online), United States
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In the midst of economic calamity that has touched millions of people, how can pastors and churches inspire — and cultivate — generosity within their congregations?

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