Celebrating More Than 50 Years of Service
For the past several months, clergy have been faced with numerous challenges due to the pandemic. We have heard your concerns about how the pandemic is impacting pastoral care, meaningful worship, building and maintaining community, and engaging in justice work. We have also heard your concerns about your congregations’ financial health, technology resources and deficits, and conflict management. The isolation of the pandemic compounds the loneliness and isolation you may have already experienced. Your capacity and resilience may be drained and make it difficult to manage the stress. We at LeaderWise want to support you through this by offering clergy consultation groups that will meet on a regular basis. The consultation groups will provide a confidential space to share wisdom, learn from each other, exchange ideas, and process experiences of ministry during the pandemic. These groups are not spiritual direction, therapy, and coaching groups. Groups will be facilitated by experienced LeaderWise staff. Groups will meet for eight sessions either weekly, every other week, or monthly.
Participants are encouraged to bring challenges they are experiencing in order to get input from the group and facilitators. Discussion topics will also be provided by the facilitators and may include isolation, loneliness, financial concerns, technology disparities among parishioners and congregations, pastoral care, in-person worship, working while your children are learning at home, transitions into and out of calls/settings/appointments, addressing conflict, expanding your capacity to minister, and re-imagining ministry.
The groups will begin as soon as four participants are registered. No more than six participants will be in each group. Groups can begin as early as September 21. Each session will last 90 minutes and be conducted via Zoom.
The cost for eight sessions is $600. Register online here. Please ask your judicatory whether participation will apply toward CEUs.
For pastors or CPs in the Omaha Presbytery Seminary Foundation 13-state region, a limited number of partial scholarships are available. Please complete this form to apply for a scholarship.
Graham has served congregations in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Nevada, Illinois, and Florida as a pastor and mid-council leader. His energetic and thoughtful leadership resulted in transformation across multiple contexts. As an International Coaching Federation (ICF)–trained coach, Graham asks insightful questions that foster renewal of community and church. Having served on local, regional, and national levels within the church, Graham understands the complexity of 21st century leadership. His passion is to equip leaders to reclaim the call to be salt, light, and leaven for communities.
Gary is a theological educator in both seminary and university settings. For the past several years, he has been president of the Omaha Presbyterian Seminary Foundation in Nebraska. He
is an ordained Presbyterian Church (USA) minister with decades of experience in congregations along with governing body responsibility at the local, regional, and national level. His interests include coaching pastors and non-profit executives, consulting with congregations and judicatories, and psychoanalysis. Gary is a trained group coach and consulting facilitator.
Susan is an ordained deacon in the UMC, a clinical social worker, and serves as a psychotherapist at LeaderWise. She has a range of experience within the local church and in the denomination. In the local church, Susan provides worship leadership, pulpit supply, and emergency/coverage pastoral care. She has also led children’s and family ministry, taught classes, facilitated small groups, and was the lead in developing the church’s safety plan. At the conference level of the UMC, Susan mentors new clergy and has served on teams that identify and shepherd new church starts and revitalizations.
Cindy is a leadership coach, clergy coach, church consultant, facilitator, teacher, and gifted speaker, with a lifetime of experience in faith-based organizations, all-things-church, and leadership development. She knows church life from years of experience as volunteer-extraordinaire to paid staff to solo pastor. A LeaderWise consultant, Cindy is committed to helping leaders by their best selves. She also encourages faith communities to become emotionally and spiritually healthy. In addition to this work, Cindy is on staff at Trinity Lutheran Church of Owatonna, MN, as an Associate Pastor.
An ordained Lutheran minister (ELCA), retired Board Certified Chaplain, and certified Spiritual Director, Tim is passionate about engaging and supporting leaders in the midst of the joys and challenges of their work. He has led in a variety of settings during more than 30 years of ministry including congregations, hospice chaplaincy, and executive leadership of spiritual care in healthcare settings. Tim is known as a respectful listener, posing questions to draw out the shared wisdom of
a group. He holds his own assumptions lightly in order to be fully present to the other. Tim is endorsed by the ELCA for specialized ministry.
The cost for eight sessions is $600.
Register online here. Please ask your judicatory whether participation will apply
For pastors or CPs in the Omaha Presbytery Seminary Foundation 13-state region,
a limited number of partial scholarships are available. Please complete this form
to apply for a scholarship.