How can we flourish in ministry, not just for the short-term but over the long run? We journey together! Studies conducted in more than 40 countries around the world have found that positive, caring, nurturing relationships are among the most important conditions to maintain well-being. Research also suggests that clergy in peer groups are more likely to lead congregations in building a culture of engagement with high levels of congregational involvement. In fact, 77 percent of clergy report better health when other clergy intentionally support them. Peer learning binds people together, breaks isolation, increases trust, and enhances leadership and our common sense of mission.
Because we are better in connection to one another, the Minnesota Conference has a goal of every clergy person journeying with peers through a covenant group. Our commitment is to support and resource this journey.
These are best when they annually examine their covenant and either re-commit to it or find new expressions that meet their needs. We offer resources for developing your group covenant, leading and facilitating your peer group, and potential learning content for your group to incorporate. Each year, covenant group leaders and participants are encouraged to attend a reSource retreat as new groups are formed and existing groups discern and update their covenant.
Download our Peer Learning and Covenant Group Handbook for tips and resources for starting your own group!
Featured Resource: The Rhythm of Compassion
As spiritual leaders, we often get so wrapped up in caring for others that we forget to tend to our souls and give them the care they need. The truth revealed in Gail Straub's book is that in order to heal the world, we must be active in the process of our own self-healing work. With practical spiritual practices and a depth of wisdom, The Rhythm of Compassion will encourage you and give you the tools to more fully live into your calling as pastor.
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If you have questions about clergy peer learning or wish to learn more, contact:
Jody Thone, Director of Leadership Development
612-230-6134 / email@example.com
Cullen Tanner, Connectional Ministries Project Coordinator
612-230-6138 / firstname.lastname@example.org
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