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CBOQ pastors and leaders, you are invited to join CBOQ  for a webinar series especially designed with you in mind. Each month we’ll guide you through topical discussions with practical next steps and resources that will help you navigate your ministry.

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CBOQ Now takes place on-line on the second Thursday of the month, September – April at 10 am. You are invited to gather to learn, explore and discuss different topics relevant to church life and ministry. If you have a topic you’d like to discuss, please send it to Cid Latty.

Upcoming Topics

Kickstarting a Stalled Ministry
April 11 @ 10 am

When asked in a survey to describe where the mission agenda was in their churches a majority of CBOQ pastors said that mission had stalled in the local context. Couple this with the need for revitalization and the propensity of the church to move toward inertia and the situation requires some urgency. What are the idols that prevent the mission if the church? How can a church get going again when it has faced disappointment in mission? What tools might there be to enable missional baby steps? What theological underpinning do we need to rediscover about mission to get us going once again? How could engaging across generations help us? What should a church do first when it discovers its mission has stalled?

Past Webinars

February: The identity of the pastor

Identity is key for the effectiveness of the pastoral role. So, what is the makeup and role of the pastor today? Has the purpose of pastoring changed from what it used to be? What is the role of the pastor in a polarizing society? When are the expectations of the church helpful or harmful in the role of the pastor? How does the identity of the pastor impact the public good? What do we mean when we use the word ‘pastor’? Does the pastor have a place outside the walls of the church? Do the terms ‘lay pastor’ and ‘bi-vocational pastor’ reduce the identity of the pastor or enhance it? If the pastor is said to ‘lead, feed and care for the flock’, who ‘leads, feeds and cares’ for the pastor and their identity?

November: New Perspectives for the Small Church

There has often been a low view of the small church that negates it’s role in building healthy communities. Here is an opportunity to explore why we are adverse to ‘small’ and what can help us see God at work in small things. What impact are small churches having on their neighbourhoods? What is the role of the small church? How do internal ‘covenants’ help or hinder small churches? What steps can help us move toward revitalization? This panel discussion will also consider the finding of research into the small church.

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January: Dealing with difficult people

In a post pandemic society, rage has become common inside and outside the church. We also know that mental health contributes to how different temperaments behave. What do we mean when we say that there are ‘difficult people’ today? What are some of the responses we might have when dealing with difficult people? What is the root cause of conflicts in our relationship? Is avoiding difficult people a good strategy? What is the role of power when seeking to resolve difficult conversations? Are there new ways to approach people we find difficult? How can we avoid difficult situations becoming toxic? Are there any resources that might help us move forward?

October: Cultivating new leaders

As CBOQ seeks to resource churches toward having a good leadership pipeline; what does it mean today to equip and enable new leaders to flourish? What can we learn from those leaders who have made developing new leaders a priority?  Are there landmines to avoid and avenues to pursue as we consider how leaders are formed? How can churches avoid the ‘messiah complex’ when looking for potential leaders? What tools could aid every church to develop a leadership pipeline?

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December: Healthy Pastor – Healthy Church

We live in world where ‘individualism’ dominates. How has this effected the way we see leadership? What is the role of the pastor to counteract individualism when leading a church? Are there benefits and dangers produced by individualism? How does the spiritual, emotional and physical health of the pastor impact upon the church? What habits and practices can ministry leaders adopt to maintain their health? What are the keys to longevity in ministry? What is the evidence that the health of pastor and church are linked?

September: The priesthood) mission of every believer

We live in a context where there are few pastors to go around – could it be that God is not calling people to pastoral ministry in the quantities that he was did for a specific reason? Is God seeking every church member to become missioners in our own neighborhoods? What would equipping every member for mission look like in our churches? What landmines would we want to avoid? Are there resources and training that could position us to serve better? How can we enable our churches to be on mission today?

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