Ministry and Vocation

Posted on Sep 2, 2014

Suggested resources from the desk of Lorna MacQueen, Minister-Faith Formation for Discipleship:

A Professional At-Risk Inventory check list to help think through any questions about dangerous relational tendencies or blurred boundaries: http://mennoniteusa.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/ProfessionalBoundariesAtRiskInventory.pdf

Practicing Spirituality with Parker J. Palmer by Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat: urlm.in/txby. A 40 part emailed- course available on-demand containing passages from Parker’s books along with a suggestion on how to practice that thought and a short video… TOPICS: self and vocation, community and solitude, paradox and embracing opposites, action and contemplation.

Programs for the theological exploration of vocation:  http://www.ptev.org. Designed to inspire vocational thinking in college aged students, this site and related program is not limited to thinking about ‘church vocations’ but the larger issue of ‘living lives that matter’ in many contexts.

Discernment of call to ‘ordered ministry’: http://www.ucc.org/ucnews/apr04/ask-the-question.html The United Church of Christ (USA) provides resources for ministry vocational discernment

Lay Training Centers – United Church of Canada: http://www.united-church.ca/leadership/entering-ministry/designated-lay-ministers

Theological Schools – United Church of Canada: http://www.united-church.ca/search/locator/all?keyw=&mission_units_ucc_ministry_type_advanced=16&locll=

United Church Leadership Network: http://churchleadership.united-church.ca – a social network for Ministry in the United Church of Canada

Stress

Rethinking Stress -TED Talk – by Kelly McGonigal: How to make stress your friend: http://www.ted.com/talks/kelly_mcgonigal_how_to_make_stress_your_friend

Beating Burnout in Congregations – (print) Lynne M. Baab, Alban Institute, 2003: Understanding for ourselves, our communities and leaders with whom we work and the manifestations, risks, and signs of burn-out is a form of self-care.  In what ways am I at risk, or not?  How are the people around me at risk?  How can I better respond to enable the health of those around me as well as my own health in order to further wholeness in the community.

Five Ways to Prevent Burnout in Ministry with Margaret Marcusonhttp://margaretmarcuson.com/products/. A free short emailed course that offers simple strategies to gain clarity in ministry, foster better relationships in the congregation, lower stress in church meetings, and find a more optimistic view of your ministry.

Boundaries

Chip Judd’s video discussion on boundaries in ministry: http://www.maclakeonline.com/personal-growth/establishing-healthy-boundaries-in-ministry/. Reflecting upon personal boundaries: What I am responsible for in how I feel and relate to the world ?

Professional Boundaries in Ministry PowerPoint Presentation / Slide Show: http://www.slideserve.com/pules/professional-boundaries-in-ministry-fall-theological-conference. A slide show designed for a conference that might be helpful for M and P committees or a multi staff team as discussion starter and place for reflection.

“Real Spirituality for Real Life”

Process and Faith org: http://processandfaith.org/

Liturgies: http://processandfaith.org/resources/liturgies. “Process theology sees the universe as creative, interrelational, dynamic, and open to the future. In process theology, god is relational, present in every moment of our lives and in all entities and levels of being. The world is interconnected, in effect a giant ecosystem, where what harms or blesses one, harms or blesses all.” The site hosts a number of resources including a by-subscription online periodical.