CHANGING THE CONVERSATION FROM “CRISIS” TO “PREVENTION”! Nine times out of ten, renewal leaves are not sought after by clergy or their district leaders until a crisis situation. We at Big Sigh Ministries are changing the conversation from burnout crisis Continue reading GRACE BREAK Offerings from Big Sigh Ministries
by Dr. Guy Brewer, Director, Sabbath Living Initiative July 3, 2017 Victor Frankl commented about the compelling why of life: “The one who has a compelling why can endure any how.” But what happens if you have lost your why? Continue reading Invitation to Sabbath Living
January 14-17, 2018 The Big Silence is a 4-Day mostly silent retreat offering an immersion in solitude, silence, and deep prayer at the beautiful St. Francis Springs Prayer center from Sunday afternoon to Wednesday afternoon, January 14-17, 2018. Start the year off by Continue reading The Big Silence Retreat
I believe that I will see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living. (Psalm 27:13) “I am tired; burned out. I have been beaten up by the dysfunction of this congregation, and the two before this Continue reading Is There Enough Goodness to Justify a Life in Ministry?
Mapping the Journey of Ministry There is an old saying; “If you do not know where you are going you may end up some place else.” I thought of this as I pondered my 44 years of ministry after retiring Continue reading When You Get There Where Will You Be?
by Kandi Wiens and Annie McKee Stress and burnout are not the same thing. And while we know that stress often leads to burnout, it’s possible to handle the onslaught of long hours, high pressure, and work crises in a way that Continue reading Why Some People Get Burned Out and Others Don’t
Details and application materials for the 2017 programs are now available. The Lilly Endowment Clergy Renewal Programs at Christian Theological Seminary (CTS) seek to strengthen Christian congregations by providing opportunities for pastors to step away briefly from the persistent obligations of Continue reading 2017 Lilly Endowment Clergy Renewal Programs
Another way to enhance your spiritual life is to meet with a spiritual director. “The ministry of Spiritual Direction can be understood as the meeting of two or more people whose desire is to prayerfully listen for the movements of Continue reading Spiritual Direction
Heather Bradley and Miriam Bamberger Grogan are executive coaches with a particular concern for the wellbeing of clergy. They say that spiritual leaders are often held hostage by their own belief that their work never ends, that they have to Continue reading 3 Questions to Preserve Energy and Passion in Ministry
Renewing this generation of Christian Leaders in order to revive this generation of Christian disciples. As a Christian leader, you are probably aware that you occasionally need time away from ministry to rest and be spiritually renewed so that you can effectively Continue reading Big Sigh Ministries