In one of my contract ministry roles, I help clergy put together peer groups for mutual learning and encouragement. Some of these groups convene around a common focus, such as digging into the Enneagram or working for racial justice or balancing parenthood and pastoring. Other groups, however, understand the importance of a colleague group for combatting isolation and burnout in ministry but aren’t sure what topics to discuss when they gather.
If you have a peer group that is eager to get together and engage in professional development but isn’t sure what that might look like, consider a workshop. Here are some of the learning opportunities I offer:
- Creating and using your personal purpose statement
- Living into your pastoral potential
- Building trust at multiple levels
- Fending off overfunctioning
- Strategizing for self-care
- Creating helpful feedback loops
- Searching for a new call
- Leaving and starting calls well
Most of these workshops can all be completed in 1-1.5 hours, including a high degree of interaction. They are conducted via Zoom, which means they would work for clergy groups that are accustomed to gathering in person or those that are geographically scattered. The online format makes the workshops very schedule-friendly, customizable, and affordable. The material presented could provide the springboard for deeper conversation over multiple gatherings.
If you would like to learn more about a particular workshop and/or discuss options for putting one on the calendar, I invite you to contact me here.