Getting to Thrive in Ministry
Am I merely surviving in ministry, waiting for the next move or early retirement? Do I need to be revived by the breath of God, or at least a little breeze that might bring relief to daily pressures and struggles? Is it really possible at my age to thrive, and be part of a thriving church? If you have read this far then you might fit the description of countless pastors who still hope to be part of the transformation and renewal of the church . . . in our lifetime!
During this week we intend to model what a “church” experience might look like on its better days. We will share our stories and seek wisdom from the Biblical stories (which seem all too familiar to our own stories!), look at various models of ministry, affirm pushback as a positive sign that we are doing our job, and then find relief and empowerment through learning the art of self-differentiation.
Worship will be simple; rest, sustenance and support will be abundant; and spiritual direction throughout the week will be offered. Hopefully, by the end of the week we will glimpse again the wonder, mystery, and awe of God, the same God who called us once and is renewing us now.
Andrew Black, currently serves as staff to US Senator Martin Heinrich, and parish associate at First Presbyterian Church, Santa Fe, and former Director of Constitutional Services for the Presbyterian Church (USA).
Three ways to register:
- Download printable registration form and mail to: Ghost Ranch Registrar, HC77 Box 11, Abiquiu, NM 87510. OR scan and email your completed form to: [email protected]
- Register by telephone at 877-804-4678, extension 4152 or 4155 — available Monday-Friday 8:30 a.m. – 4:45 p.m. MST.