I think we can all agree that focusing on wellbeing at work is of great importance, and benefit, to both the employee and the employer. Have you ever wondered how that looks for pastors?
Lis Van Harten
I loved that my husband was the pastor. That he was called into ministry. And I was eager to walk alongside him, supporting and encouraging him as I was able. What I didn’t want was to be seen as “part of the package.”
What happens when church members and community folks contact the church for something? What kind of experience do they have when checking out the church’s website or calling the church office?
Believe it or not, there are some folks whose hearts beat a little faster when they get to fill in a form. Yup. They actually like filling in all the boxes. If you’re one of these people, you understand. If you’re not, please don’t quit reading. This post is really for you.
Every person needs to feel appreciated. Pastors, and their spouses, are no exception. I remember getting movie tickets in the mail. No note, just tickets. It brought tears to my eyes. A small thing? Some would think so, but to us it was huge.
The ultimate goal of CRCNA ministries is to transform lives and communities worldwide. Now that’s a goal! How do we even begin to tackle a goal as grand as this? One step at a time.
This is a practical tool for mentors (experienced pastors) and mentees (pastors new to ministry). It covers a wide variety of topics which pastors will generally encounter during their first several years of ministry. Each module/topic has discussion questions and a resource list.
A bulletin insert to promote the work of Sustaining Pastoral Excellence.
After reviewing a variety of sabbatical policies from Christian Reformed Churches, the attached document offers suggestions to churches that are considering adopting a policy for their pastor.
This benchmark survey was undertaken to provide a basis for comparison with the results of a second survey to be conducted at the conclusion of the grant period. The results of the two surveys will facilitate evaluation of the SPE program when the current Lilly Endowment Inc. grant period concludes in 2007.
Thanks for these additional important ways to tend to wellbeing. All are good practices!posted on: Let’s Be Well
Thanks for taking the time to write this Dan. Your research will benefit many churches who are wondering about this very topic.
Rob, our office (Pastor Church Resources) has created a training tool on pastor evaluations. You can access a copy here https://network.crcna.org/sites/default/files/documents/Evaluation_Essen...posted on: Sample Surveys for Pastor Evaluation
Beautifully written Syd. Thank you!
Thanks for this terrific article Jill! How wonderful that your church allows you to be you and to choose which gifts you'll share in its ministry. From my work with pastors' spouses over the past...posted on: On Being the “Vrouw Dominie”
We have a great resource for that. "Evaluation Essentials for Congregational Leaders" You can find a PDF of it here or, if you'd like hard copies (for only the cost of shipping),...posted on: Ministry Evaluation Tools?
Thanks for sharing this most encouraging post! Hopefully you'll receive inquiries about what GR East is up to. :)
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Your first post is a delight - so very you. Looking forward to both Synod and your comments on it. :)
The vision/dreaming session that Meg refers to is something that I do at our SCE Learning Events. If you want to know it involves, let me know.
How great that you can share your wonderful SCE project with so many - and have your final report do double duty!posted on: Reporting in on Triads