Do You C.A.R.E. Enough?

[This post originally appeared as a column for the Center for Healthy Churches.]

Since 1944, Hallmark greeting cards have been advertised with the famous tagline, “When you care enough to send the very best.”  Whether encouraging soldiers overseas, cheering up the sick, celebrating the graduate, or expressing your love to the one you’ve chosen to spend your life with, Hallmark promises to help you to be the kind of friend or parent or spouse that you truly want to be… when you care enough to send the very best.

What about the kind of church staff team member that you truly want to be?  I don’t think I’ve seen a card for that in the Hallmark store.  Not yet, anyway.  Give it time.

Until then, there are other ways you can be intentional to C.A.R.E. enough; to take the time and the energy to do the things that deepen relationships and build the kind of trust that is foundational to everything else that you do as a team.

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Soul Care in a Time of Social Distancing: 3 Simple Practices to Keep Your Spirit Grounded and Your Heart Open

In these challenging days, we know how important hand-washing and social distancing are for physical well-being, but we must also pay attention to our spiritual well-being.  Here are three simple practices to help care for your soul; to keep your spirit grounded and your heart open in a time of social distancing. Continue reading Soul Care in a Time of Social Distancing: 3 Simple Practices to Keep Your Spirit Grounded and Your Heart Open

Growing Still This Advent

I want more from Advent, this season of preparation.  I want the stillness of waiting, of expectation.  I want the peace of resting, of trusting.  I want the wonder of hopeful imagination.  The true gifts that Christmas offers.

Not instead of the celebrations, but in the midst of them.  Because that’s where faith is found… along the way. Join me in Growing Still this Advent. Continue reading Growing Still This Advent