Thrive in 5

Thrive in 5: Financial- Five Simple Financial Principles

Thrive in 5: Financial- Five Simple Financial Principles

Education & Clergy Development welcomes Michael Blue as the new contributor to the financial domain of clergy care for Thrive in 5. Michael serves as the executive director and general counsel for The Ron Blue Institute for Financial Planning. The Ron Blue...
Thrive In 5: Intellectual – Challenging My Ministry Mind

Thrive In 5: Intellectual – Challenging My Ministry Mind

Challenging My Ministry Mind As a pastor, you know the importance of continuing to learn and grow in your leadership. Our world is changing fast, and we need to challenge our thinking and keep it sharp. In this “Thrive in Five,” David Drury, pastor and chief of staff...
Thrive In 5: Intellectural – Leadership that is Christian

Thrive In 5: Intellectural – Leadership that is Christian

Leadership that is Christian Henri Nouwen challenges us to remember that all leadership that is Christian must be grounded in the greater reality of God’s love. Nouwen provides important ballast to Wesleyan ministry leaders since, according to the latest research...
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: Physical- Caring for your Body

Thrive in 5: Physical- Caring for your Body

Jesus said, “The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak,” implying that our physical bodies and energy levels do have an impact—for better or worse—on our spiritual lives and ability to be there for others. If we do not maintain good physical health...