This week’s Supplemental is all about balance: between ministry approaches, with the environment, in our spiritual lives, our mental health practices and in our personal care. See this week’s regular Six New Things for a plethora of anti-racism discussion and activism resources.
Tom Berlin encourages congregations to Commit to a Hybrid Model of Ministry with a mix of in-person and online ministry and shares thoughts on how to do it; while Carey Nieuwhof warns about In-Person Attendance v. Online Attendance and the Emerging Trap of Doing Nothing Well; and Christina Schoenwetter wonders When We Can’t Gather, How Do We Mourn?
While tending to your congregation’s needs, you may invite them to consider The Spiritual Danger of Donald Trump: 30 Evangelical Christians on Justice, Truth, and Moral Integrity (Wipf & Stock).
And if that gets you riled up, you can re-ground with MN Interfaith Power & Light’s (who have been on the front lines of responding to the murder of George Floyd), EarthKeepers Online Training.
But don’t overload yourself! Now & Next invites leaders to Take Self-Care Seriously: Managing Stress So You Can Care for Others.
That balance can be challenging and tenuous, as depicted in the 2017 Tribeca Films Official Selection, The Departure, in which Ittetsu Nemoto, a former punk-turned-Buddhist priest in Japan, made a career out of helping suicidal people find reasons to live, but at great expense to his family and personal health.
Need some help? The Ministry Lab has compiled a list of resources for Talking with Children and Teens about Trauma. And we invite you to join us for Prof. Justin Sabia-Tanis in this Tuesday’s Co-Lab Webinar: Growing At-Home Justice Practices and Community Engagement and Thursday’s Leadership in a Time of Seismic Change with Rev. Susan Nienaber. Email Emily Meyer (firstname.lastname@example.org) to register for both or either.