Course Schedule: The course will meet on six Thursdays:
February 6, February 20, March 12, April 2 & May 14 or 28.
We will meet via Zoom from 2:30 pm – 4:00 pm (EST).
Summary: This course brings together several powerful building blocks to resilient ministry: The presence of Christ through the power of the Holy Spirit, the power of our language and focus, and the influence of our physiology and perceptions in our journey as a leader.
At the completion of this cohort you will have tools to increase personal resilience and lead in stressful situations. We will learn more about how to become more emotionally intelligent as we explore our:
- Social awareness and
- Relationship management
We will engage with tools to cultivate the leadership behaviors in:
- The power of our words
- Listening and the power of curiosity
- Adaptability and reframing and
- Tools to address discord (conflict) in a positive manner
To support the deepening of our understanding of emotional intelligence in our leadership, we will learn and experience practices for transforming our physical stress response from fight or flight to an intentional process of building resilience in our mind, body and spirit to lead through difficult and challenging times. The work of Childre and Rozman, in Transforming Stress presents research which supports the tools we will engage as we lean into theology of focusing on what is good, right and lovely. (Philippians 4: 6-9)
Outcomes: 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:
#1 – Work in partnership with others to accomplish goals
#2 – Recognize, address discord in fair and positive manner
#6 – Develop personal knowledge, skills and abilities to continuously improve and grow oneself.
#9 – Demonstrate effective management of the local church (e.g. financial, operational, staff)
Format: The course uses a narrative peer group form of learning which leans on ‘participant knowledge,’ in contrast to ‘spectator knowledge’. There will be no more than 8 participants in the cohort to make space for substantial conversation.
The course will meet on six Thursdays – February 6, February 20, March 12, April 2 & May 14 or 28. We will meet via Zoom from 2:30 pm – 4:00 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. There will be no readings or course requirements during Holy Week or the week after Easter.
There is no financial cost for participating in the course for clergy in the Bishop’s Emerging Leadership Initiative, other than the purchase of the books, Resilient Ministry: What Pastors Told Us About Surviving and Thriving by Burns, Chapman and Guthrie and Transforming Stress by Childre and Rozman. Participants are expected to commit to completing the course requirements as a condition of enrollment.