Working in a church leadership role can be the best job in the world. It can also be pretty tough. The purpose of this Lifelong Learning option is to help you make sure you thrive through the joys and challenges of pastoral life.
This option combines practical tasks to evaluate and improve your personal self-care, coaching from a person outside your church context, and a modest amount of reading and reflection.
At the start of this ten-month option, you need to make arrangements with a suitable person to act as your coach through the year, meeting every 1-2 months.
The coach for this Lifelong Learning option could be:
You can email this Guide to Coaching page to a potential coach when you ask them.
The only absolute deadline for this course is the end date of 15 November. Pastors are adult learners who we trust to arrange their studies effectively through the year. Please complete the components of the course at a time that makes sense for your schedule, but within these two-month blocks. If you need further flexibility, please contact Thalia.
Daring Greatly, Brené Brown
Keeping the Sabbath Wholly, Marva Dawn
Life of the Beloved, Henri Nouwen
Boundaries, Cloud and Townsend
4a. If you would recommend this Lifelong Learning option to other pastors, contact three or more pastors who you think would benefit from it, and tell them why. Please also email Thalia and Mike Crudge (Centre for Lifelong Learning) to let us know what was helpful, and any changes you suggest.
4b. If you would not recommend this Lifelong Learning option to others, please email Thalia or Mike Crudge (Centre for Lifelong Learning) to give some constructive feedback.
Thalia began 2011 as the minister of West Baptist Church in New Plymouth and ended it as the mother of a charming newborn baby. She's also an awesome parallel parker, a wannabe runner and enthusiastic but rubbish at gardening. She is also a graduate of the Pastoral Leadership Track at Carey Baptist College.
Thalia blogs at www.sacraparental.com "This blog is my weaving project. I think of parenting as a sacramental task, somewhere God can be keenly experienced. All the things I’m trying to weave into my parenting – hospitality, hilarity, feminism, emotional literacy, social justice, good nutrition, music, science, churchy stuff, everything – all of that is stuff I care about because I try to follow Jesus Christ."
She also blogs at Kiwi Families on the spiritual practice of parenthood: listening to God as we parent our children, hearing God's voice through them and through the delights and despairs of bringing them up.
In late 2015 Thalia and her family moved to South East Asia to work with Partners Relief & Development, a small international charity working to bring free, full lives to children affected by conflict and oppression.
PARTICIPANTS: Up to a maximum of 20 at any time.
COST: This course is free for registered Baptist Leaders. All other registrants will be email invoiced NZD$50 per Guided Learning option.
[updated 15 February 2017]
|Event End Date||31-10-2018|
|Registration Start Date||01-11-2017|
|Cut off date||01-03-2018|