Through many relationships with pastors over the years, both personally and professionally, Sue Magrath has come to understand the unique challenges of clergy life. A clergy person wears more hats in their job than perhaps any other vocation, and there are fewer boundaries that define their duties, their schedule, and their relationships with parishioners. The expectations placed upon them by their congregations and their superiors is often overwhelming. Pastors are on call 24/7, for example, and everyone in the church has their home phone number. With these kinds of demands, family life often gets short shrift, and self-care is virtually non-existent. Yet self-care and spiritual renewal are absolutely essential for effective ministry. With the aim of supporting, nurturing and sustaining clergy, Sue has developed a number of workshops and retreats that address these issues and more (see below).
Personality Disorders in the Church
Every clergy person has known at least one person in their church that pushes their buttons and makes every encounter a struggle. Learn about the personality disorders that are behind their difficult behavior and become more effective in dealing with them.
Emotional Mapquest: A Journey to Healing
Identify the emotional baggage that gets in the way of effective and fulfilling ministry and explore ways in which to heal old wounds.
Water From the Rock: Creative Spiritual Practice for the 21st Century
How does one find time for spiritual practices that renew and refresh? Perhaps it means redefining spiritual practice as well as getting creative with time management in your efforts to carve out sacred space in the midst of a busy ministry.
Explore the importance of play as a way of bringing balance to the sacred work of ministry. Hear God’s invitation to play and discover ways of introducing play into both work and leisure.
Prophetic Narratives: Remembering the God Who Calls, Empowers, and Sustains
Through an exploration of Old Testament prophets, we remember our own stories as present-day prophets and receive strength for the journey.
Dreamscape: Awaken Your Inner Voice
Through the vehicle of our dreams, we will unlock the wisdom of our inner voice and learn how to tap into the creativity of our dreams. When dreams are brought into the daylight, we can begin to apply that wisdom in our lives as clergy. We can also begin to foster waking dreams as they relate to our desires for our local congregations and the larger church.
Sacred Space, Sacred Worth, Sacred Works
For clergy and church leadership alike, this day retreat emphasizes the importance of seeking out sacred space in order to practice silence, solitude, and stillness, which are essential factors for renewal from busy lives of ministry. It is within this contemplative space that we are able to receive God’s love and discover our sacred worth as beloved children of God. It is only then that we can go out from this still point, energized, inspired, and confident in who we are and what our true vocation is as workers in the kin-dom of God.