Thriving Clergy

Thrive In 5:  Emotional – Peacefulness through Prayer

Thrive In 5: Emotional – Peacefulness through Prayer

            Peacefulness through Prayer May my meditation be pleasing to him, as I rejoice in the Lord. Psalm 104:34 This Lent I (Dr. Toddy Holeman) committed to engage in 20 minutes of centering prayer every day until Easter. Centering...
Thrive in 5: Financial- Thrive Financial Initiative

Thrive in 5: Financial- Thrive Financial Initiative

Thrive Financial Initiative The Wesleyan Church was blessed with a second million-dollar grant from the Lilly Endowment. The program, offered through Education & Clergy Development, is called the Thrive Financial Initiative (TFI) and is designed to help pastors...
Thrive In 5:  Relational- Cultivating Friendships

Thrive In 5: Relational- Cultivating Friendships

  Reflecting God’s own triune nature, we are created to live in loving community with others as well as with God. Too much isolation can lead to loneliness, depression, and sense of abandonment. Our perceptions can become distorted. A healthy pastor will...
Thrive In 5:  Relational- Empathizing with others

Thrive In 5: Relational- Empathizing with others

  Reflecting God’s own triune nature, we are created to live in loving community with others. As pastors who love, it is essential that we empathize with others: to feel what others feel. People must sense that we understand them. People will know that we...
Thrive in 5: Financial- Personal Insurance Needs

Thrive in 5: Financial- Personal Insurance Needs

  Stewardship includes taking healthy care of ourselves so we can be there for others. It also involves thinking ahead to care for those we love in the event of a tragedy. Some believe that purchasing life insurance indicates a lack of faith in God’s...
Thrive in 5: Financial- Personal Finances

Thrive in 5: Financial- Personal Finances

Few areas in our lives are as sensitive as personal finances. Finances are often a great source of stress for clergy. Yet no matter how much or how little we earn, we are responsible to be good stewards of what the Lord provides. Stewardship includes taking healthy...
Thrive In 5: Intellectual Lifelong Learning

Thrive In 5: Intellectual Lifelong Learning

As a pastor, you are a Christian spiritual leader of others. You know how vital it is to your well-being to maintain an active intellectual life and engage key leadership practices. Here are five suggestions that can help you stay ahead of the curve and position...
Thrive In 5:  Relational

Thrive In 5: Relational

  What is a secret to strong relationships? In his book “The Relationship Cure,” relational researcher, John Gottman, suggests that we should be on the lookout for “bids for connection” and turn toward these bids whenever we can. What is a bid for connection? A...
Thriving in ministry: the best young pastors

Thriving in ministry: the best young pastors

  Stepping out of college and into the world of ministry can be a daunting prospect. After graduation, young ministers often feel unsure of how to use their education and apply it in the “real world.” Rev. Miles Welch—executive director of leadership initiatives...