Grace Break offerings coming up
CHANGING THE CONVERSATION FROM “CRISIS” TO “PREVENTION”!Nine times out of ten, renewal leaves are not sought after by clergy or their district leaders until a crisis situation. We at Big Sigh Ministries are changing the conversation from burnout crisis to prevention and ministry resilience with our GRACE BREAK program. Through this informative program, we help clergy dream and plan ahead for renewal leaves; we educate church Staff and Pastor Parish Relations Committees as to the unique numerous stressors clergy face, the real threat of compassion fatigue in their clergy, as well as the win-win benefits when a pastor takes renewal time away and returns refreshed, renewed, rested and re-connected with God. Here’s How: Pastors GRACE BREAK: Planning Your Renewal Leave. This workshop helps pastors begin to dream about time away for renewal, grounds Sabbath and renewal leave practices in scripture, helps pastors identify compassion fatigue and other life stressors they might be experiencing, provides tools for planning, implementing and communicating renewal leaves with one’s church leaders, District Superintendent, and family, and leads pastors on their way to reconnecting with God through extended Sabbath practices. Due to a generous grant from the WNCC Leadership Development Team, the cost to clergy is only $25 to participate in one of these events. All 2017 workshops will be held at the Catholic Conference Center in Hickory, NC, from 9am-3pm. Please register and pay online, www.bigsigh.org or complete the form on back and mail to Big Sigh Ministries.
Tuesday, September 12th (Registration deadline: September 2nd)
Tuesday, October 3rd (Registration deadline: September 19th)Congregations GRACE BREAK: Caring for Our Pastor. This is a small group study written by Big Sigh Ministries’ founders, Reverends Jack and Jacqueline Tookey. This weekend study includes topics such as: Jesus’ Pattern for Ministry, External and Internal Stressors and Pressures of Ministry, Compassion Fatigue, Ministry Resilience, Christian Accountability and the Nuts and Bolts of Renewal Leaves. Jacqueline and Jack can come to your church or district (if several SPRC/PPRCs come together) and facilitate this study. Please contact Jacqueline at Jacqueline@bigsigh.org to schedule your leadership team for this small group experience. Churches and pastors who complete the GRACE BREAK programs can jointly apply for Renewal Leave micro-grants: $1300 for three-month pulpit supply and $500 towards the pastor’s leave expenses. These micro-grants are available on a limited basis. Please contact Jacqueline for more information. Download Flyer
Resources for Vital Congregations
GBHEM Leadership Resources
A Disciple’s Path; A Guide for United Methodist
RESOURCES TO CONNECT WITH THE COMMUNITY:
The Appalachian District Church Vitality Team has been prayerfully seeking ways to help support you and the ministries of your local congregation during this COVID-19 pandemic. Together they have diligently researched and connected with others throughout the conference and our denomination to identify resources and offer them to you. We hope they will be helpful to you and bless you greatly in leading your churches and communities through this unprecedented time. We are very grateful to the District Vitality Team and other contributors for their great work on this resource.
This faithful team has created three documents, two of which you are receiving today. They include:
- Family Home Worship – designed to help families establish a regular worship space within their homes as well as a time where they can worship together.
- Tech Strategies – to help guide you in selecting effective tools and resources within your budget to best communicate in the digital world.
We believe these resources will be of great benefit to you. Also know that the District Vitality Team is available to answer any questions you might have in regards to the documents attached. If you have questions, you may email Rev. Howard Fleming at email@example.com.