How is it with your soul? John Wesley’s historic question to clergy of any century might generate diverse answers: “fulfilled, drained, lacking, on most days good, growing, in need . . .“ Too often clergy are so busy tending to the souls of others that their own spiritual lives need attention. In the midst of daily ministry, how do clergy lead from a place of peace, sustained by the power of the One who called us into ministry? This course is designed to offer opportunities for content discussion and reflection, for practice of spiritual disciplines as a group and with a participant partner, and for mutual sharing of ideas and applications to everyday ministry.
The primary text for the course will be the book, Strengthening the Soul of Your Leadership: Seeking God in the Crucible of Ministry by Ruth Haley Barton.
This course will give participants practice in at least three of the 15 Indicators of Vital Ministry outlined in the Bishops’ Call to Action Report:
#6 – Develop personal knowledge, skills and abilities to continuously improve and grow oneself.
#5 – Inspires passion and enthusiasm in others for spiritual development, discipleship and outreach.
#11 – Recognize, understand, and empathize with feelings and needs of others and respond accordingly.
The course uses a narrative peer group form of learning in which leans on “’participant knowledge,’ in contrast to ‘spectator knowledge.’ Each person’s input into the dialogue creates the learning.
There will be no more than 8 participants in the cohort to make space for substantial conversation.
The course will meet on five Tuesdays – January 28, February 25, March 17, April 21 and May 5 from 2:00-3:30 pm (EST). There will be reading and written work for each session, except for the first session which will be an introduction to the course. Participants will also be asked to meet between online sessions with their participant partner.
There is no financial cost for participating in the course for participants in the Bishop’s Emerging Leadership Initiative, other than the purchase of one book, Strengthening the Soul of Your Leadership: Seeking God in the Crucible of Ministry by Ruth Haley Barton.
Participants are expected to commit to completing the course requirements as a condition of enrollment.