Pastoring during a crisis: 6 free resources for you

“The church needs to ask: Is our congregation a place where people can hurt? Where they can express discouragement? Is our congregation a place where one can find nurture?”

Asking these questions in a time of crisis is essential. The last several weeks have no doubt introduced new challenges and opportunities for your congregations and communities. We’re still with you, and we exist to help you create a church where people know their purpose and dignity in work, as well as safety and care in community. One way we’re doing this recently is through free webinars. Below you’ll find the recordings and brief descriptions of each one.

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Here’s the last six weeks of Common Practice — a recent, weekly check-in designed for Made to Flourish pastors to share best practices on how to shepherd the church through uncertain times — at a glance. Catch up, rewatch, or share them with a friend!

Week 1: PASTORAL HEALTH IN THE MIDST OF THE COVID-19 CRISIS

In normal times, pastoral leadership is challenging. But in times of crisis, the pressure to lead well can be overwhelming. Remaining anchored in Christ and personally whole when we face wave upon wave of discouragement is essential for personal wholeness.

Week 2: PASTORS AS FRONTLINE CARE PROVIDERS

In many cases during COVID-19,  pastors and churches are bearing the weight of caring for people. This webinar included practical ways pastors and churches are embracing their role as frontline care providers.

Week 3: PASTORING HEALTHCARE WORKERS IN THE PANDEMIC

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. This was a conversation about how to best support the healthcare workers in our churches and in our cities.

Week 4: PASTORAL CARE FOR THE UNEMPLOYED

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 group of webinar panelists discussed the role churches play to serve the unemployed.

Week 5: BENEVOLENCE MINISTRY IN A CRISIS

What happens when a global crisis drains benevolence budgets with more people in need than ever? This was a conversation with help from the Chalmer’s Center to discuss practical ways for the church to provide relief, both short and long term, for the flourishing of their communities.

Week 6: PASTORING WORKERS WITH OPPOSING REALITIES

All workers are experiencing different, new realities in the time of COVID-19. Essential workers, non-essential workers, workers on the front lines, workers with reduced hours. Pastors are shepherding people in vastly different circumstances. We explored four different kinds of workers in the economy and how to apply the gospel to each in unique ways.

Topics: Church and Ministry, Current Events, Discipleship, Pastoral Care

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