Pastoral Care

CONGREGATIONAL HEALTH & WELL-BEING

The Parish Nurse Ministry Program of Concordia College in Moorhead, MN is offering a foundations of faith community nurse/parish nurse course August 3-7, 2020 at Atonement Lutheran Church in Fargo, ND. Program topics include:  the role of the faith community nurse, spiritual care and prayer, integrating faith and health, health and healing, and caring for those experiencing issues across the lifespan.  In addition, there is a mentoring session, Service of Healing, and Service of Dedication. For additional information, please email Dr. Jean Bokinskie, PhD, RN, PNM Program Director, at bokinski@cord.edu or call 218-299-3825.

Convergence offers online courses and webinars to bolster clergy and lay leaders in progressive congregations, including their Online Learning Resource, FaithLead’s, National Faith Leaders Reflect on a Global Pandemic.

Rev. Elizabeth Hakken Candido (PCUSA), College Chaplain and Director of Religious & Spiritual Life at Kalamazoo College, invites us into the reality of bearing witness to suffering.

Fuller Youth Institute offers this helpful article on Reinventing Graduation.

Faith & Leadership tackles a bunch of topics, including health and well-being of congregations, their individual members and their leaders.

Lewis Center for Church Leadership (fb) hosts Leading Ideas, a semi-regular blog on current topics (including Pastoral Care in the Coronavirus Crisis), helps in finding resources, and offers online resources at a discount.

Faith+Lead’s Faithful Adaptations Webinar #3 on Spiritual Care was insightful.

Harvard Business Review shared That Discomfort You’re Feeling Is Grief.

UMC Ministry with Children (fb) includes tips on empowering and listening to children in this time of pandemic and a list of resources for further mental and spiritual health and formation.  

The NWMN Synod of the ELCA shared this helpful document geared toward engaging the whole congregation in the conversation of pastoral care during quarantine, rostered leaders assisting area chaplains, etc.

PERSONAL CARE OPPORTUNITIES FOR CONGREGATIONAL LEADERS

The Coming Pastoral Crash (John Dobbs) highlights the challenges of pastoral care during this time. Please read it for your own well-being!

Presbyterian Disaster Assistance has shared two Building Resilience webinars: one for faith leaders and one for a general audience. An accompanying handout is available for download on the link page.

RevGalBlogPal contributor Rev. Julia, from Faith, Grace, and Hope: Thoughts on What It Means to Be a Traveler on the Way of Jesus, illuminates clergy sorrow in I Am Not Afraid. I Am Heartbroken. Sharing it with your congregation may facilitate helpful conversations.

MN Annual Conference’s Rev. Susan Nienaber recommends a new podcast called “Checking In,” hosted by award-winning Harvard Medical School psychologist Susan David. In it, David offers strategies to help us cope with our heightened emotions during the pandemic. The show serves as a support system, toolkit, and understanding voice during a time of great uncertainty.  Access podcast

How to lead through crisis: A seven-part on-demand video teaching series from respected church leadership expert Carey Nieuwhof is available for free. It focuses on making better informed decisions, discovering how crisis becomes a cradle for innovation, and learning how to care for yourself.  Learn more

Gather with other community leaders and LeaderWise facilitators on Zoom to talk about how resilience is summoned—not only as we care for those we serve—but for ourselves as well. Learn more at Leaderwise.org.