Faith &

Each month, we create and curate resources that focus around a particular theme that can help us grow as leaders and disciples. Share these resources with a small group or ministry team, or use them in your personal devotions.

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Faith & Difficult Conversations

What makes some subjects especially difficult to talk about?

  • We’re touching on fears or deep losses in an already stressed environment
  • Topics are polarizing in a tense political climate
  • We feel unqualified to broach the subject

Many of us are just trying to get by from week to week and feel as if we don’t have the energy to “stir things up” if it can be avoided. Yet difficult conversations are necessary for growth in faith and life.

From church closings to counteracting conspiracy theories, this month’s theme will equip you to show up better the next time you need to have a difficult conversation.

Resources

Suggestions for Use

To get the most out of these themes, consider:

  • Invite members of your small group, staff, or board to read one of the articles and bring a key takeaway–and how it might apply in your context–to your next meeting or retreat.
  • Try out one of the practices in person or via Zoom.
  • Utilize the Book Hub videos (divided into short segments) for a workshop-style class related to the theme.
  • Use these resources as part of your newsletter, sending out an article link with each week’s email blast, paired with a short reflection by a lay or ordained leader in your congregation.

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