Nurturing a Healthy Spirit: Tending to the Holy
August 30–September 1, 2011
God is in the details of ministry. Ordinary tasks can be spirit-centered. You can experience the sacrament of the present moment in every aspect of your ministry. Would you like to deepen your sense of God’s presence in the regular tasks of preaching, teaching, administration, pastoral care, and leadership? Would you like to find creative ways to integrate prophetic ministry with pastor care? Would you like to experience greater health and vitality in ministry and claim your vocation as healer and spirit person? This workshop explores how pastors can experience God’s spirit in the ordinary and extraordinary moments of ministry and provides ways you can deepen your spiritual life, wellbeing, and leadership amid the challenges of our postmodern, pluralistic age.
The seminar will begin with dinner on the first day and edn after lunch on the last day.
What will you get from this workshop?
You will leave with
- A deeper sense of the spiritual dimensions of the everyday tasks of ministry
- Spiritual practices that will enhance and re-vitalize your preaching, teaching, pastoral care, evangelism, and spiritual leadership
- New approaches to integrating spiritual growth with the details of administration, supervision, and leadership
- Ways to enhance your health and wellbeing as a pastor and spiritual leader
- Creative ways to deepen the spiritual life of your congregation
- Insights into the promises and challenges of postmodernism and pluralism for the spiritual lives of pastors and the mission of their congregations
Participants will also receive a copy of Bruce’s book, Tending to the Holy: The Practice of the Presence of God in Ministry.
Who should attend?
- Clergy who feel close to—or in the midst of—burnout
- Clergy wanting to establish practices and relationships to prevent burnout
- Denominational and judicatory leaders who care for, support, assign, or supervise clergy
Who is the facilitator?
Bruce G. Epperly, a best-selling Alban author, serves as Director of Continuing Education and Professor of Practical Theology at Lancaster Theological Seminary and is ordained in the United Church of Christ and the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). Bruce also serves as co-pastor of Disciples United Community Church in Lancaster, Pennsylvania.
- Course Status: Open
- CEUs: 2
- Tuition: $175 ($225 for nonmembers)
- Lodging & Meals: 3 days, 2 nights
- Single: $285
- Double: $210
- Meals Only: $110