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Renewing Vocation and Enriching Ministry: a Professional Development opportunity.
Whether you have several years of ministry in Priority Areas, or you are just starting out, ministry can be both challenging and isolating. Good self-care is not part of our culture. Finding support and a sense of fellowship with others can be difficult. When faced with high stress levels and at times huge expectations you can start to lose sight of our initial call to ministry and what fed our vocation in the first place.
This professional development opportunity is designed for people working in Priority Areas. It will offer a safe and skillfully facilitated space to reflect on your ministry, what guides and nourishes you, what gets in the way of following Christ in your daily dealings with yourselves and others, and ways by which you can renew your vocation. This process will happen in community with others in ministry, enabling you to be seen, heard, challenged and supported on your journey towards wholeness, growth and healing.
This process will be facilitated by Vérène Nicolas and will happen through this series of three full day sessions in a group of up to 12-15 participants. Once the foundations of a safe space have been established, including a commitment to confidentiality, we will work in various settings, using specific practices, poetry, imagery and Biblical texts to grow and harvest the fruit of this reflective, sharing and prayerful space.
Vérène Nicolas has been contracted by the Priority Areas committee to offer individual support to teams and to facilitate professional development opportunities for ministers and Ministries Council staff. Vérène is an experienced trainer and facilitator, and has been supporting Priority Area teams since 2011. She is anchored in the Quaker tradition, and grew up in the Reformed church in France. She will be in ongoing feedback and dialogue to respond pro-actively to participants’ needs.