By Shannon Youell
We all need pastoral care; yet, often pastors tend to be giving of themselves caring for others but not as quick about receiving care.
During this unprecedented time of being separated from others, pastoral care of those in our church communities has increased many-fold. And many of us are feeling the effects of caring for so many in uncertain times and ensuring we still have some form of gathering together for fellowship, for prayer, for teaching, for breaking of bread and for worship in our new virtual reality.
We’ve all had to be willing to pivot and change and accept those changes as good and profitable to our mission. Our church planting communities face their own unique challenges as they are still establishing themselves and yet have been cut off from the very neighbourhoods they have been moving into with the presence of God.
I’ve spoken with many pastors and leaders, and am one myself, so I know how drained and emptied many of us are finding ourselves.
That’s why CBWC is bringing you this fantastic opportunity to walk through some of the ways we can find pathways to care for ourselves to increase our coping skills and resiliency:
The COVID-Effect: Pastoring the Pastor
A 90-minute session supporting mental wellness for CBWC Pastors.
We would like to invite you to a 90-minute zoom session offered across all 4 provinces featuring local, faith-based psychologists and hosted by your CBWC Regional Minister. Come listen and then, via a facilitated Q & A, explore resources and coping tools for mental wellness offered specifically for you as you continue to live into your vocation of pastoral ministry during these extraordinary times.
This online event is free for CBWC Pastors. Please register to receive the zoom link to be a part of this important conversation in support of your well being.
Dates & Times
BC & Y | Wednesday July 15 | 9:30am PDT | Dr. Hillary McBride | REGISTER
AB & NWT | Tuesday July 14 | 3:00pm MST | REGISTER
SK/MB | Wednesday July 8 | 3:00pm SK/4:00pm MB | Dr. Todd Sellick | REGISTER
We do not know how long we will be in this fluid situation, but we do know that our family of faith will walk with us in love, in care and in support.