Building a culture of care in your church can feel as complex as the people you serve. But it doesn’t have to be that way.
Laura Howe offers listeners practical resources and actionable strategies to support leader’s well-being, strengthen volunteer teams and equip you with the knowledge and tools you need to care for your community.
With over 15 years of experience as a community mental health clinician, Laura, founder of Hope Made Strong specializes in Community Development Strategies.
You will be encouraged as you listen to expert guests get real with how they overcame challenges and developed best-practice methods of reaching and caring for your church and community.
If you want to develop a culture of care in your church and support your community without burning out your leaders? This is the podcast for you.
73: Are you craving less burnout and more capacity?
As a leader in Care Ministry, you tend to become the go-to person and find yourself anticipating needs that others don’t see, and you take on more and more responsibilities.
Much as this can give you the whole superhero feel, in the long run, you may face compassion fatigue and wonder why you always feel overwhelmed.
The truth is you cannot do it alone, there is too much on your plate for you to be all things for everyone.
In Episode 73, I share:
How leaders in the care field tend to neglect their own compassion
How compassion fatigue actually happens
Why self-compassion is important when you work in care capacities
The value of delegation and how it can help you reduce the different responsibilities on your plate.
Moses, a man who was able to lead the Israelites to freedom and was used by God to perform miracles was not able to solve problems all day by himself.
The work of hearing problems and finding solutions is so great that it was too heavy for Moses to do on his own.
You can be that go-to person or the one who people can rely on to get it done but God still doesn’t want you to do it alone.
It’s not possible for you to do it alone
Saying no or delegating isn’t a sign of weakness or failure. It’s a sign of leadership.
What’s On Your Plate
Finding Hope In helping - An online course to overcome compassion fatigue
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72. Multi Campus Care Ministry - with Liz Addington of Elevation Church
On the show today we are talking about multi-campus care ministry and I’m honored to have Liz Addington from Elevation Church.
As you listen to Liz share about how she leads a multi-campus ministry I don’t want you to think, oh my my church is so much smaller, or has few resources. I want you to listen for the familiar, listen for the heart and the desire to serve.
It doesn’t matter if you have a single campus or multiple campuses the care is the same. It’s creative, and it’s intentional.
For full show notes go to HopeMadeStrong.org/episode72
71. Rebuilding your care ministry in 6 months
In today’s show, we are going to be talking all about rebuilding your care ministry after COVID with my friend Melissa and we are going to be sharing this in the same framework that The Care Ministry Cohort follows.
For more information on the cohort, you can go to careministrycohort.com.
For full show notes you can go to HopeMadeStrong.org/episode71
70. The Care Ministry Cohort - The blueprint to building your care ministry
And I’m so excited to launch The Care Ministry Cohort and tell you all about it in this episode.
This episode isn’t just for those who want to join the cohort, but I think this will also be helpful for those who want to DIY their care ministry podcast. This episode will give you a blueprint for growing your care ministry.
In this episode, you can expect to hear, what I did to grow the care ministry in my home church as well as lessons learned from supporting churches from across North America.
We will walk through an overview of What is the cohort, and what to expect and then I will walk through each topic that we will cover in the 6 months we will be meeting.
For full show notes go to Hopemadestrong.org/episode70
FREE DOWNLOAD - Click HERE to get "Making the case for Care Ministry and offering 5 ways Care Ministry will strengthen your church" You can use this to gain buy-in from your board or executive team
69. Making a Case for Care: How to get leadership buy-in for care ministry
When you think of your church’s care ministry does it have an intentional vision, budget, leadership, and plan?
In many churches, it’s an add-on to a staff person’s job description with no intentional plan, vision, budget or appointed leader overseeing it.
And I think this is a HUGE missed opportunity for churches.
So in this episode, I’m going to walk through 5 ways you can approach your executive team or board about becoming more intentional about your church’s care ministry.
For Full Show notes go to HopeMadeStrong.org/episode69
Register for the next cohort information session HERE
68. The other 2/3rds of the gospel with Wilson Phang
The show today is a flashback to one of the most watched sessions of the 2022 church Mental health summit with Wilson Phang.
Wilson is the founder of Ministry Personnel Care and serves those who are unable to acquire care due to financial constraints or the lack of availability of adequate confidential care.
In his summit talk, he addresses how our worldview and our communication differences can be either a barrier or a bridge to sharing Jesus with different cultures.
For full show notes go to HopeMadeStrong.org/episode68
Stories and Systems
I love how this podcast addresses both individual stories as well entire systems of care. Rather than being reductionistic in one direction or the other, Laura helps the church to holistically serve real people and create healthier communities.
Thank you for providing content that is helpful, encouraging and meaningful! I love how mental health and Christianity is incorporated.
Informative and Encouraging
Having struggled with mental myself and raising children who have managed their own personal battles with mental health, I appreciate the consistent, quality information and vulnerability of the guests. Thank you for making a difference!