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You can participate in any course, thanks to which you will improve your skills, as well as your understanding of the world. You shouldn't be afraid that you may not know something, order term papers using or your teachers' selections, so you will cover all the questions.

Mid-career Ministry Assessment - Surviving, Dying, or Thriving?
(Teacher: Mark Sundby, M.Div., Ph.D., L.P.)
Here pastors will meet to discuss and think through pastoral issues at mid-career using readings, case studies, and psychological assessment to facilitate discussion. Pastors are asked to bring two case studies from their experience in ministry to facilitate discussion. Topics for discussion include: life and work balance, self-care, effective pastoral leadership, managing difficult people, and coping with the stressors of ministry.


Ministry to Families in Crisis

(Facilitated by Mark Sundby, M.Div. Ph.D., L.P.)

This workshop will explore ways in which pastors, church staffs, and congregations can most effectively minister to families in crisis.  It will focus on two areas that people in ministry often encounter in ministry to families - domestic abuse and mental health concerns.  A model of ministry will be presented.  Particular emphasis will be placed on case studies, participants' experiences in ministry to families, and practical tools and suggestions.


Ministry to Individuals with Mental Illness and Their Families

(Facilitated by Mark Sundby, M.Div., Ph.D., L.P.)

Who do individuals and families turn to when life feels out of control?  Research suggests that it is often the pastor.  The pastor and others in ministry serve as a primary resource for providing a sense of understanding, healing, and support to individuals and families who experience major mental illness.  Sadly, pastors and congregations often feel ill-equipped to respond in an effective way.  This class will provide an overview of current understandings of the types and causes of mental illness, an appreciation of the experiences of individuals and families dealing with mental illness, and strategies for pastors and congregations to effectively minister in such situations.  The format will include participants' own ministry experiences, reflection upon case studies, opportunities to listen to experts in the field, and in-depth discussion.


Church Politics 101

(Facilitated by Mark Sundby, M.Div., Ph.D., L.P.)


Leadership From the Center - Lead By Who You Are

(Facilitated by Mark Sundby, M.Div., Ph.D., L.P.)


Resolving to Lead An Interesting Private Life (when your professional life is ministry) 

(Facilitated by Mary Honstead, Ph.D., L.P.)

The lifestyles of many church leaders involve blurred boundaries between public and private, professional persona and personal identity.  In this  seminar, we will emphasize the importance of creating a space for a private life and explore outlets and passions outside of our professional role.  The Enneagram, a tool that looks at different ways of being in the world, will be used to help identify motivations and obstacles as part of this exploration process.  We will develop ways to arrange our lives so that they can actually include these important, life-affirming elements.  Leading an interesting private life will help prevent burnout, sustain a healthy ministry, and enjoy life! 


Coaching Skills for Mentors

(Facilitated by Mark Sundby, M.Div., Ph.D., L.P.)


Survival Skills:  Dealing with Difficult People in the Parish

(Facilitated by Mark Sundby, M.Div., Ph.D., L.P.)


Preparing for Retirement - Maintaining Vitality and Meaning

(Facilitated by Mark Sundby, M.Div., Ph.D., L.P.)


Discovering Vocational Bliss - A Life Planning Approach

(Facilitated by Mark Sundby, M.Div., Ph.D., L.P.)





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