“How is it with your soul?” John Wesley’s historic question to clergy of any time period 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 peer learning group is designed to offer opportunities for content discussion, group practice of spiritual disciplines, and mutual sharing of ideas and applications to everyday ministry.
This cohort will give participants practice in at least three of the 15 Indicators of Vital Ministry outlined in the Bishops’ Call to Action Report:
#5 – Inspires passion and enthusiasm in others for spiritual development, discipleship and outreach.
#6 – Develop personal knowledge, skills and abilities to continuously improve and grow oneself.
#11 – Recognize, understand, and empathize with feelings and needs of others and respond accordingly.
The cohort uses a narrative peer group form of learning which leans on participants’ knowledge and experiences. Each person’s input into the dialogue creates the learning.
The cohort is limited to 8 participants to make space for substantial conversation.
Sessions will be Tuesdays from 2:00-3:30 pm ET
December 1, January 5, January 26, February 23
There is no financial cost for participating in the cohort for participants in the Bishop’s Emerging Leadership Initiative. You may choose to purchase resources used in the cohort (i.e. the book, Strengthening the Soul of Your Leadership: Seeking God in the Crucible of Ministry by Ruth Haley Barton).