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Self Care and Soul Care in a Lengthy Lockdown (Webinar)

A webinar, with Q&A, to help church leaders think through what caring for themselves and those in their churches looks like during lockdown.


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The theme of the webinar is self care and soul care: how church leaders look after themselves and how they care for others in their congregations during this lockdown time.

The webinar is led by John Stevens, FIEC's National Director, and he is joined by Johnny Prime, one of FIEC's Associate National Directors, and Ste Casey who is the pastor at Speke Baptist Church in Liverpool and is on the executive committee of Biblical Counselling UK (BCUK).

  • 0:00 - Update on lockdown restrictions (John Stevens);
  • 04:06 - Bible Teaching: Psalm 23 - the Lord's shepherd needs the Lord to shepherd him (John Stevens);
  • 08:42 - Godly Self Care (Johnny Prime);
  • 25:39 - Soul Care through Uncertain Times (Ste Casey);
  • 44:27 - Q&A:
    • How can we best build relationships with other pastors for mentorship when in lockdown and as independent churches?
    • What's a better question to ask than "how are you doing?" to get deeper into soul care?
    • How can we encourage one another to give a break on Sundays - a digital pulpit swap or 'sanctified pass'?
    • How can churches with buildings best use them for the community when they are allowed to be open for private prayer?
    • How do we guard against complacency during lockdown?

Key updates and comments

  • Places of worship will be allowed to open for private prayer, with social distancing, from Monday 15th June;
  • For many this will make no difference, but it may offer an opportunity to engage with the community in creative ways for some;
  • There is no official statement for weddings in England yet, although signing this petition could help show public demand for it;
  • Self care is needed if church leaders are to persevere in shepherding their flock - they need basic things to stay whole like sleep, days off, holiday, a balanced diet, exercise, and routine;
  • Godly self-care includes looking up to God in faith and looking forward with hope;
  • Uncertainty reveals the heart and whether we rely on the props of life or on the Lord, crowds out the Lord with distractions, and confronts us with reality;
  • Uncertainty creates soul care opportunities: to celebrate the blessings of the normal and the certainties of salvation, and to wait on the Lord.

Full details and booking for future webinars are available on our events page.

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