A SERVANT LEADERSHIP RETREAT ON PERSONAL & PROFESSIONAL SELF-CARE
For Clergy and Congregational Leaders who want to:
- Reduce stress
- Build resilience
- Increase self-compassion
- Enhance self-care
When and where will it take place?
September 28 and 29
Bergamo Retreat Center
4400 Shakertown Road
Dayton, Ohio 45430
Who should attend?
- Ordained clergy
- Health ministers/parish nurses
- Youth pastors
- Music leaders
- Directors of Religious Education
- Lay ministers and lay leaders
Why an Ecumenical Retreat for Servant Leaders?
Apart from the churches they lead, today’s clergy have few places where they experience prayer, worship, Sabbath, and genuine sharing with other pastors. The polity of some denominations may actually preclude their being totally forhcoming about their lives and ministry. This retreat hopes to provide such groups for clergy.
Mainline and conservative Protestants report workweeks that average 51 hours. Roman Catholic priests and pastors of historic black churches report a workweek of roughly 10 hours longer. The majority of these clergy experience congregational conflict, and 21 percent consider the conflict significant or major. The issue most fought over is the renovation or new construction of church buildings. Conflicts over leadership, staff, worship, and finance come next on the list. (Rev. Dr. James P. Wind, president of the Alban Institute … Special Report on Leadership. 2007)
Today’s congregational leaders struggle to integrate their life in the world with their spiritual life. Many of our best lay leaders eat on the run, grab precious time with family and friends, and find themselves rushing into church for worship and meetings. They rarely have time for meaningful theological reflection to gather all the threads of their life into a coherent, faithful whole.
Clergy and lay both show an increase in total number of prescription claims with an increase in age as one would expect … . Denominational leaders are increasingly taking clergy (and congregational) health seriously ... . Better understanding will lead to more substantive and sustainable interventions to support clergy health … . Each denomination is encouraged to develop initiatives ...for improved understanding of their own particular community of clergy and lay workers ... . (The Church Benefits Association Survey: Health, Well-Being, Spirituality and Job Characteristics, Keith G Meador, M.D. Duke University, 2007)
Retreat Content Developed by Researchers Johnston and Hawley at Kansas University Medical School and Members of the Miami Valley Consortium on Clergy Health & Wellness
Numerous health ministry programs address health challenges (e.g., diabetes, high cholesterol, high blood pressure), yet few focus on prevention and becoming better stewards of their body, mind and spirit. This retreat offers confidential “circles of trust” in which participants can assess their spiritual, vocational, social, emotional, and physical well-being and develop an appropriate covenant for prevention.
- Empower participants to achieve lasting change
- Create healthier clergy and congregations.
- Provide follow-up groups for covenantal accountability and support
Participants Learn to
- Assess one’s readiness to change
- Use a “Tool Kit of Self-care Practices” to reduce stress
- Cultivate self-compassion
- Enhance resilience through spiritual and body-mind practices
Sharon Trekell, Ph.D.
- Spiritual Director
- Health and Wellness Coach
- Convenor Miami Valley Consortium on Clergy Health and Wellness
Sharon Becker, R.N.
- Coordinator of Health Ministries Program at Good Samaritan Hospital
Leroy Chambliss, M. Div.
- Pastor, Stillwater United Methodist Church, Englewood YMCA
Robert Skipper, M. Div., M.S.
- Manager Pastoral Counseling Center of Miami Valley Hospital
- Ordained Lutheran clergy
- Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor
Morning—8:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Lunch—12:00 p.m.-1:30 p.m.
Dinner—5:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m.
Evening—6:30 p.m.-9:00 p.m.
Breakfast—7:30 a.m.-8:30 a.m.
Morning—8:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m.
Cost includes materials, meals and snacks
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