Initial Workshop Date: Wednesday, January 12, 2022, 7–9:30 p.m. EST, Online
Follow-Up Sessions: January 26, February 23, March 30, April 27 (last Wednesday of each month, 7–8:30 p.m. EST/EDT, Online)
This course is for anyone working in a Christian vocational context who wants to explore how to protect the aspects of their ministry lives that nourish them and navigate the inevitable stressors along the way. It may be especially helpful to folks considering a job transition, experiencing an unsustainable level of stress or fatigue, or just getting started in ministry life.
In the initial workshop, Beth Anne Fisher will give an overview of the Malcolm Inventory for Satisfaction and Stress in Ministry (MISSiM), a statistically valid and reliable questionnaire she helped developed alongside Dr. Wanda Malcolm at Wycliffe College. Participants will learn how they can use their own personal data from completing the MISSiM to reflect, celebrate and assess their current ministry experiences.
Following the introductory workshop, Fisher will facilitate four monthly peer-group sessions of deeper MISSiM insight exploration and round-table conversation about satisfaction and stress in three areas of ministry life: Structural/Systemic, Interpersonal/Relational, and Internal/Personal. This pilot group at Emmanuel College will be limited to 12 participants.
This course requires one hour of advance prep time to complete the MISSiM prior to January 5, 2022, so that all participants can receive their personalized report before the first session. Cost is $200, but if booked by December 18, you can get an early-bird price of $150. Upon registering and paying your registration fee, a code and link to the questionnaire will be emailed to you.