Moving from “Doing” Ministry to “Being” Ministers
Tuesday, September 18, 2018
Registration begins at 9:00am, Workshop held 9:30am – 3:00pm
Mercy Conference and Retreat Center
2039 North Geyer Road, 63131 / mercycenterstl.org
We live in a very busy and noisy culture. All around us people and things clamor for our attention. The pressure to maintain the hectic pace of our on-demand, instant gratification society can be especially taxing for ministers or desire to be of service to all who need their help. The pressure of “doing ministry” in such a hectic environment can contribute to burn-out and a feeling of being disconnected from one’s self, and from God.
Meditation as a spiritual discipline has a long history in the Christian tradition as well as other religions. Recent research from the fields of psychology and medicine has empirically demonstrated the benefits of a particular form of meditation known as mindfulness meditation. Among the demonstrated benefits are stress reduction, increased capacity for empathy, and greater understanding of the relationship between one’s feelings, thoughts, and behaviors.
Through this workshop, ministers will be introduced to the concept and practice of mindfulness. The presentation will compare mindfulness to other forms of meditation and prayer and identify ways in which mindful practices can be integrated into one’s prayer and spiritual life to restore and strengthen one’s connection to self and God. Ministers will learn how mindful practices can help them move from “doing” ministry to “being” ministers.
Who should attend: This workshop is designed for clergy, other church ministers (e.g., youth directors, parish nurses, pastoral counselors, etc.), ministers in educational and/or healthcare facilities, and women and men religious. Ministers from all Christian traditions and denominations are invited to attend, as well as ministers from other faiths.
Cost: $60 (includes lunch and presentation handouts)
Presented by the Program for Psychology & Religion at St. Louis Behavioral Medicine Institute:
Christopher S. M. Grimes, Psy.D., A licensed psychologist, Dr. Grimes is the Director of the Program for Psychology and Religions at St. Louis Behavioral Medicine Institute and is an Assistant Clinical Professor at St. Louis University School of Medicine.
Randy Flanery, Ph.D., A licensed psychologist, Dr. Flanery is a staff member of the Program for Psychology and Religion at St. Louis Behavioral Medicine Institute and is an Assistant Clinical Professor at St. Louis University School of Medicine.