CBF’s ChurchWorks conference creates space each year for clergy to be equipped for the journey through creativity, community and worship. ChurchWorks 2020 will be held March 1-4, 2020 at Central Baptist Church Fountain City in Knoxville, Tn.
As ministers we do quite well at taking care of other people when needs arise, but more often than not, we don’t take care of our own wellbeing as much as we should. When we are not able to physically, mentally or emotionally take care of the things we are dealing with, it’s much harder to carry those needs with other people. Three years ago, when ChurchWorks last engaged ministerial wellbeing, Matt Bloom of the Flourishing in Ministry Project at Notre Dame focused on why clergy and other caregiving professionals must prioritize self-care. Because a minister’s work is complex, often under-appreciated and subject to rapid change, Bloom emphasized maintaining a sense of calling and fulfillment is of central importance.
In Knoxville, ChurchWorks 2020 will center on how clergy can most effectively do so. ChurchWorks will be a time to think about caring for yourself in different ways; a space for you to come and take a break from the day-to-day work, to network, to connect, to relax and to be renewed in your work as a minister.