Well-Being and Excellence in Ministry: A Practical Resource for Ministers and Caring Congregations


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This is a practical resource for ministers and caring congregations that encourages healthy attitudes towards ministry and life-work balance by educating both the congregation and the minister. The purpose of Well-Being and Excellence in Ministry is to provide practical assistance for ministers and caring congregations as together they seek these qualities in ministry. It is written for ministers and pastor search committees as they give thought to the beginning days of their lives together. It is for ministers and personnel committees as they share the ebb and flow of congregational life day after day. It is for ministers and deacon bodies who serve one another and are served by one another. It is for those who share the journey of discovering a flourishing Christian way of life.

Introduction to Well-Being in Ministry

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The Renewal of Ministers

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Storying Together

This resource has been developed by the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship’s Initiative for Ministerial Excellence, thanks to a grant from the Lilly Endowment, Inc. The goal of the Initiative for Ministerial Excellence is to influence the culture of CBF, providing an environment that leads to healthier pastors who embody ministerial excellence. The Initiative provides support and nurture for three historic tasks of ministry: proclamation, worship leadership, and caring for community. This initiative features a sabbatical resources, peer learning groups across the country, ministerial residencies and teaching congregations.

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