When someone you care about is having a tough time it can be tough to know what to do

and much of life is a lot harder than ‘a tough time.’ Unfortunately caring isn’t enough. It takes learning and experience to be the help you want to be.

 It’s important for us to work on raising our CareIQ. No, we’ll never chase all the problems away or find a fix for all the unfixable things life brings us, but we can learn to be better together. Click on the titles to listen to each podcast! 

Why You Need to Raise Yours – 10/2/16  Stuff happens to us and the people around us. Stuff we can’t fix. So what should we do? As a community that values deep relationships we need to learn how to care and be cared for in these tough situations.  God calls us to it, Jesus modeled it, but that doesn’t make it easy. So welcome as we dig into our first of four weeks helping you understand what it means to raise your Care IQ.

The Toolbox – 10/16/16 “I never saw it coming! I thought I was being the friend I needed to be and it all blew up in my face. I have no idea what to do.” Sometimes care goes that way. What seems like the right thing to do doesn’t work, and what you do need to do feels strange and counterintuitive. Greg and Kristina Swanberg of Mental Health Connect will talk about why we need a CareIQ Toolbox and what’s in it. It’s a way of putting a God-sized vision of compassion into our action.

Practice Makes… Experience – 10/23/16  Jacob’s Well-er Chris Lillehei is a hospital chaplain dealing with people everyday in situations that most of us dread ever having to be in. And he likes it! When you give up on fixing everyone’s problems, and learn how to be with people without riding the roller coaster of their emotions you find that you can make a difference. Someone needs to, after all, people are hurting. Listen as Chris helps us practice using our toolboxes. Practice doesn’t make perfect, but it does put some experience under our belts.

Creating a Care Climate – 10/30/16  Life happens and crises come no matter what you do or who you are. You won’t stop that, but… you can build care strength and resilience into your life and relationships. Melissa Lock will join Greg as we explore the proactive side of your CareIQ. Why wait for the crisis? There are steps we can take as a community to help us be better caregivers and receivers and that will help you plant the seeds of healthy care in your world.

CareIQ Review – 3/12/17 It’s good to review what we are learning about CareIQ. This conversation is a good primer to how we’re building a community that is equipped to support each other.

Other good CareIQ resources from the Jacob’s Well Podcast

Andy Jolivette tells his story of struggle and growth, talks more with Greg & Melissa, and offers some tools that were helpful for him (2017).

Our series inspired by the movie Inside Out (Part 1, Part 2, Part 3)

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