Welcome to The Ministry Lab's curated list of resources to encourage pastoral care providers to engage in needed self-care. Here you'll find:
If you don't find a resource to fit your need, don't hesitate to consult with The Ministry Lab's director, Emily Meyer, who is happy to assist you.
Joseph Yoo of MinistryMatters wonders about Pastor's Office Hours: Time to Cut Back?
Thom Rainer outlines Nine Issues Regarding Pastors Office Hours.
Dr. Stephanie Buckhanon Crowder shares Choose Yourself... Sometimes, a treatise on "Covid's coercion to come, sit, and rest awhile".
Convergence Director of Research & Development, Anna Hall, asks, Where Are All the Clergy Going? and encourages clergy to participate in Convergences consulting, coaching, and conflict transformation training.
~ing Podcast Episode 40: Pastoring during the Pandemic
Five pastors who have ministered during the pandemic sit down to discuss leading, growing, and being as people of God navigating a global pandemic together.
The Being Here podcast explores real world issues and topics important to faith community professionals. In "Overcoming Compassion Fatigue”, host Rev. Melissa Pohlman and Mayo Clinic hospital chaplain, Rev. Corrine Thul, discuss strategies for caring for yourself while caring for others in difficult times.
Doctoral Expert Dr. Shanell T. Smith on Success, Self-Care, and Vocation: an interview by Dr. Eric D. Barreto
contributor Rev. Julia, from Faith, Grace, and Hope: Thoughts on What It Means to Be a Traveler on the Way of Jesus, illuminates clergy sorrow in I Am Not Afraid. I Am Heartbroken. Sharing it with your congregation may facilitate helpful conversations.
shares two posts on care-giving: Parker Palmer’s The Gift of Presence, the Perils of Advice and How to Reach Out to Someone Who Is Struggling by Omid Safi. Both are excellent reads both for pastoral care providers and for volunteer visitors.
Improv Therapy Group has developed a curriculum specifically for members of the clergy. The class uses improv to explore emotional intelligence, resilience, and increased creativity. The concepts will assist with your work with congregants as well as co-workers.
All classes meet on ZOOM.
Rev. Karen Hutt of United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities is offering The Ministry Lab member leaders an opportunity to receive ACPE-certified CPE credits. Extended units begin in September, 2021; three unites per year, each with a specific focus.
Rev. Karen Hutt, VP for Student Formation, Vocation and Innovation and Chaplain of United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities has room available for leaders in need of CPE units or accreditation. Contact Rev. Hutt directly at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information and to enroll.
Convergence offers both On-Demand Learning (including FaithLead’s, National Faith Leaders Reflect on a Global Pandemic and Being Grateful in Difficult Times: An Online Journey with Barbara Butler Bass) and Executive Coaching for congregational leaders.
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Bearing Witness offers resources for supporting whistleblowers in the workplace, governmental agencies, and congregational settings.
Being Church Today is Church Anew's new video series addressing practical challenges facing churches in 2021. Episode 1 features Vern Christopherson, Directing Pastor at Zumbro Lutheran Church, on clergy exhaustion and burnout and how to take care of yourself and your staff for the long haul.
The Academy: PC(USA) offers Pastoral Care Academy: reflect on what it means to provide pastoral care in a variety of settings and concerns.
Led by long-time hospital chaplain and current Marriage and Family Counselor, Rev. Lisa Watson.
Feb. 1 - March 8, 2021
Join Jody Thone Jan. 8, 15, and/or 22 from 10-11:30 a.m. to look at Kristin Neff's three components of compassion: Jan. 8: Kindness vs. Judgment / Jan. 15: Common Humanity vs. Isolation / Jan. 22: Mindfulness vs. Over-Identification. Register here
hosted by award-winning Harvard Medical School psychologist Susan David, offers strategies to help us cope with our heightened emotions during the pandemic.
shared Building Resilience webinars for faith leaders
for personal growth and continuing education pertinent to COVID-19 days and beyond.
The Ministry Lab's 2021 Summer Worship Series features three excellent preachers and a beautiful team of current United Theological Seminary students giving voice to the diversity of identities and contexts of The Ministry Lab's supporting congregations.
We are grateful for our judicatory leaders and offer these three services as a gift, hopeful that they enable clergy, faith formation, and worship leaders to take a much needed break once, twice, or thrice over the course of this summer.
Preachers and liturgists include:
May: Staying Awake - Reflecting on the Garden of Gethsemane
Recognizing that worship formats vary across the state, all three services will be available in video and print form - use as best fits your setting!
These are free resources for member congregations. Learn about membership here.
Check here for additional leaders and links!