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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 bid...
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 at 12...
Thrive in 5: Financial

Thrive in 5: Financial

The Importance of Saving Money  Saving money is an important part of your personal financial journey. In John Wesley’s message on money, his three main points were earn all you can, save all you can and give all you can. Unfortunately, many people are not saving these...
Thrive in 5: Physical

Thrive in 5: Physical

 “Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your bodies” (the Apostle Paul, 1 Corinthians 6:19-20). God has created human...
Thrive in 5: Relational Attunement

Thrive in 5: Relational Attunement

Neuroscientists affirm that we are “wired for connection” from birth. Infant brains develop best when caretakers are in sync—attuned—with babies’ physical, emotional, and relational needs. Obviously, no caretaker is in sync 100 percent of the time; caregivers provide...
Thrive in 5: Use Your Brain the Way God Intended

Thrive in 5: Use Your Brain the Way God Intended

“I do not feel obliged to believe that the same God who has endowed us with sense, reason and intellect has intended us to forgo their use.”  –Galileo Maintaining intellectual health is often a neglected part of pastoral well-being. Yet, Jesus included loving...
Thrive In 5: Planning For Retirement

Thrive In 5: Planning For Retirement

  One of the hardest things for some pastors to think about is preparing for retirement. There are so many aspects to think about, it can boggle the mind. Yet, it is one of the most important life events many of us will ever experience from both a personal and...
Thrive In 5: Understanding God’s Love

Thrive In 5: Understanding God’s Love

  As Wesleyan pastors, we all know the scriptural truth that loving God and loving others is the central hallmark of the Christian spiritual life. But do we truly embrace this as the ultimate outcome of what it means to be Spirit-filled? As David Benner states, “If...
A Warm Welcome at New Pastor Orientation

A Warm Welcome at New Pastor Orientation

This year’s Education and Clergy Development’s New Pastor Orientation welcomed 15 new pastors and their spouses to the Wesleyan community, with times of sharing, networking and advice. On October 11-12, new pastors, their spouses and seasoned Wesleyans met at...
Sanctifying Context

Sanctifying Context

By Dr. Steven Lennox | Apr 8, 2016 “A Sanctifying Context: The Purpose for Wesleyan Higher Education” Denominational Symposium May 26, 2014 Introduction It is no secret that higher education is facing significant challenges such as economic pressures,...
Sabbaticals: Learning to Thrive

Sabbaticals: Learning to Thrive

By Jessica White | Oct 14, 2016 The word “sabbaticals” is sometimes accompanied by a negative connotation. When ministers consider a sabbatical they think: “There is never a good time to get away. If I leave now, the church will fall apart.”...
Gordon Ritchie: A Physician of the Soul

Gordon Ritchie: A Physician of the Soul

Gordon Ritchie recently retired from a fulfilling career as a United States Marine Corps Chaplain. After twenty-four years of service, Ritchie has had an influence on many young people in the United States Navy. His career–shaped by honor, hope, presence, and...
ECD Hosts Three Summer Interns

ECD Hosts Three Summer Interns

IWU public relations, writing, and business major intern at the Division of Education and Clergy Development Rev. Russ Gunsalus and The Division of Education and Clergy Development partnered with Indiana Wesleyan University to bring three interns to gain real-world...