Big Sigh Ministries announces 2018 events


All too often, renewal leaves are not sought by clergy or their district leaders until a pastor enters 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 to clergy, as well as the win-win benefits that occur when a pastor takes renewal time away and returns refreshed, renewed, rested and re-connected with God.

2018 DATES:

Tuesday, March 13 (CCC)*

Thursday, April 19  (CCC)

Thursday, September 13 (SFSPC)

Tuesday, October 9th (CCC)


*CCC = Catholic Conference Center, Hickory, NC; SFSPC= St. Francis Springs Prayer Center, Stoneville, NC

Register through Rev. Jack Tookey at
Registration deadline:   two weeks prior to the event; Cost to pastors:  $25

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Resources for Vital Congregations



Lewis Center for Church Leadership

Lewis Center for Church Leadership: Books

Lewis Center for Church Leadership: Serve Your Neighbor

GBHEM Leadership Resources


Living Faithfully: Human Sexuality and the United Methodist Church

Englewood Book Review

Five Practices of Fruitful Congregations

Ted Talks: The Golden Circle

Ted Talks: The Power of Vulnerability

Ted Talks: The Price of Invulnerability

Design Thinking

Meditations on the Ministry of All Christians


Be A Disciple

A Disciple’s Path; A Guide for United Methodist

Lewis Center for Church Leadership: Adult Christian Studies from the Wesley Ministry Network

Traveling Together: A Guide for Disciple Forming Congregations


Living As United Methodist Christians

Methodist Doctrine: The Essentials

Reclaiming our Wesleyan Tradition: John Wesley’s Sermons for Today

John Wesley Sermons: Anthology


Get Their Name

Evangelism & Theology in the Wesleyan Spirit

Canoeing the Mountains

Fresh Expressions

Fresh Expressions: Dinner Church

Lewis Center for Church Leadership: Reach New Disciples

Lewis Center for Church Leadership: 50 Ways to Reach People

Community: The Structure of Belonging


Institute for Emerging Issues

Congregations 4 Children


The Royce and Jane Reynolds Ministry Fund Grants

The Duke Endowment







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