The COVID-Effect: Pastoring the Pastor

The COVID-19 pandemic has had far reaching effects economically, relationally, and in terms of mental health. Many of you who are pastors or ministry leaders have carried an increased load of pastoral care, technological learning curves, shifts in routine, and loss of loved ones in your personal life and in the life of your congregations and communities. As weeks shift into months you may be tempted to ignore your own bone-weariness as you attend to the needs of others. However, serving in pastoral ministry does not make you immune to the need for pastoral care yourself. We want you to know you are not alone as you seek to live, love, and lead amid a pandemic!

We would like to invite you to a 90-minute zoom session offered across all 4 provinces featuring local, faith-based psychologists and hosted by a member of the CBWC Executive Staff. Come listen and then, via a facilitated Q & A, explore resources and coping tools for mental wellness offered specifically for you as you continue to live into your vocation of pastoral ministry during these extraordinary times.

This online event is free for CBWC Pastors. Please register to receive the zoom link to be a part of this important conversation in support of your well being.

Dates & Times

BC & Y | Wednesday July 15 | 9:30am PDT | Dr. Hillary McBride | REGISTER
AB & NWT | Tuesday July 14 | 3:00pm MST | Dr. Todd Sellick |  REGISTER
SK/MB | Wednesday July 8 | 3:00pm SK/4:00pm MB | Dr. Todd Sellick | REGISTER

Dr Hillary McBride

Dr. Hillary McBride is a registered clinical counsellor in private practice in Vancouver who recently completed her PhD in Counselling Psychology at UBC. When she is not doing clinical work she is researching, speaking, and writing. Her areas of clinical and research specialty focus on the intersection of spirituality and mental health, trauma, and trauma therapies, embodiment, eating disorders, body image, sex and sexuality, and feminist approaches to psychology. Hillary’s work has been recognized by both the American and Canadian Psychological Associations, and she was recently awarded the International Young Investigator Award for her research contributions so early in her career.

Dr. Todd Sellick

For the past thirty years Dr. Todd Sellick has worked as a registered psychologist based at the windy corners of Portage and Main in Winnipeg, MB. Dr. Sellick will guide us as we reflect on mental health and well-being during this pandemic. What are the main mental health struggles we’re likely to encounter? What might we need to learn and to try? How might we care for ourselves during this time? How shall we live, love, heal, restore, inspire and more?