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Workshops And Seminars
To Promote Healthier Ministry...
In Local, Regional, And Denominational Settings
- Ministry Health, LLC offers
insightful and highly practical opportunities to promote healthier Christian ministry.
Such opportunities are offered to
- * Individuals: Personal support to pastors and congregations desiring
support and insight
- * Pastoral Groups: Local clergy associations, circuits, and other
groupings of pastors;
- * Congregations: Individual and groups of congregations;
- * Denominational Judicatories and entities such as conferences,
circuits, judicatories, presbyteries, dioceses, or other groupings of churches;
- * Denominational Executives: For in-service support, continuing
education, and/or equipping denominations to intervene in unhealthy congregations;
- * Consultants
Above events are held on local, regional and national bases as desired.
Unless otherwise noted, all events will be hosted by Thomas Fischer, Director of Ministry Health, LLC.
Seminars And Educational
The following events are designed to promote healthy
congregational process and healthier ministry. Utilizing insights of Scripture and other
secular disciplines, these events are designed to identify, describe and offer
interventive strategies for dealing with various aspects of Christian ministry.
- * Other interested organizations and entities, secular or religious.
led by Thomas Fischer, Director of Ministry
Health, LLC.. Widely regarded as a highly effective
communicator, educator and author these offerings are designed to provide practical
insights necessary to understand and implement effective, healthy ministry.
* Healthier Congregations
These multi-module workshops are developed by Ministry
Health, LLC Director, Thomas Fischer. Based on his extensive experience and
observation, these workshops focus on specific, practical strategies to
address congregational anxiety.
Each module is designed for use in 3-1/2 hour blocks
and may be combined to suit the individual congregational needs. Each module focuses on anxiety at all
levels--congregational, lay leadership, and staff relationships.
Healthier Congregations workshop modules are especially applicable to helping deal more constructively with
congregational anxiety and dealing with specific issues such as worship, finances,
staffing, leadership, vision, etc.
Congregations may utilize one, all or any combination
of the worships according to their perceived needs.
1) "Healthier Congregations: Healthy Ways
To Deal With Anxiety"
"Healthier Leaders: Helping Leaders Develop Healthy
Staff: Nurturing Healthier Ministry Team"
"Healthier Vision: Keys To Developing An Enthusiastic,
"Healthier Planning: Strategies for Developing A Healthy Ministry
Plan For the Local Church"
* The Great Commission: A Matter Of Emotional Process
* Pastoral Trauma: Strategies For Healing
A day-long workshop demonstrating how key emotional processes in
the church directly affect congregational mission. When emotional processes are
identified, congregational can begin healthier functioning as they begin overcoming
various destructive emotional processes identified in this workshop.
- This 1-1/2 day seminar identifies the nature of the increasing
depth and frequency of pastoral trauma. Those interested in understanding and addressing
the current rise in clergy resignations will find this workshop to be an essential
foundation to healing intervention.
- Denominational overseers
at all levels will be greatly benefit from this workshop. Pastors experiencing
ministry-related trauma will find this workshop to be a key pillar of their healing
process. This workshop is an excellent basis for developing local and/or pastoral support
groups to facilitate further healing.
* Healthy Congregations
* The Maintenance Mindset: Strategies For Intervention
Healthy Congregations share a basic characteristics.
Developed by Peter Steinke from a grant by Lutheran Brotherhood, this workshop applies
insights of Bowen Family Systems Theory to congregational life. Congregations marked by a
history of trauma, chronic anxiety, repeated history of conflict will especially benefit
from this remarkable 1-1/2 day workshop experience.
Why is it that congregations tend to stay the same? Why do they
continually go through virtually predictable cycles of anxiety and conflict? What are
things that Pastors and congregational leaders can do in such congregations?
Pastors and leaders in such chronically "stuck"
congregations will gain insight into the dynamics of causes such congregations
continually engage in behaviors which hinder the mission of Jesus Christ, often with great
pain. Effective short and long-term strategies will be suggested to help shape these
regulatory behaviors to transform unhealthy dominant emotional congregational systems.
* Ministry In Our ACOA World
- Growing ministries virtually always require a growing number of
staff to meet the growing challenges and opportunities for ministry. Unfortunately,
meeting these challenges can also give rise to inter-personal team
anxieties and misunderstandings which may threaten the health of
congregational staff leadership teams.
Staff Relationships" is directed to enhancing greater understanding of various individual
personal preferences and personality interactions.
- One of Ministry Health's most popular workshops, this workshop has been
used on both staff and congregational levels to build repoire among staff members,
dramatically reduce interpersonal conflict, and give renewed commitment to Christian team
ministry. This workshop can be tailored to a half-day or multiple-day
format for small or large groups.
Alcoholism and other family dysfunction may be one of the most
pervasive influences on todays ministry. Whether pastor or parishioner, leader or
member, understanding ACoA dynamics is perhaps one of the most important keys to
intervening and renewing healthy Christian ministries. This 1-1/2 day workshop is
addresses one of Ministry Healths
most frequent areas of inquiry.
* Self-Differentiation: A Key To Pastoral
* Other Workshops
- In an ever-increasingly hostile world of ministry pastors and Christian
leaders need to rediscover Biblically-based self-differentiation. This workshop describes
and highlights key areas of self-differentiation including
* "Aspects Of Self-Differentiation,"
* "Modes of Self-Differentiation,"
* "Self-Differentation: Models Of Spirituality," and
* "Finding Strength And Resilience Via Self-Differentiation"
Given the broad ranges of topics relating to congregational health
in Ministry Healths archives,
other workshops directed to specific needs are also available. Such examples of workshops
may include topics such as
- Developing Spirituality: The Most Painful Ministry Experience
- Surviving Congregational Conflict
- Spiritual Depression: The Ministerial Experience
Antagonists: Not The REAL Problem!
For more information about these or other workshops contact
Thomas Fischer, Director, Ministry Health, LLC.
Ministry Health, LLC offers consultation and retainer services for individual
support, insight and encouragement for
Healths ministry to the churches. However, those
individuals who indicate a desire to retain these services at a more regular and extensive
basis are assessed at negotiable rate.
* Support Groups (up to 12 in attendance). Denominations
or other ministry entities (districts, presbyteries, congregations, etc) are invited to
inquire about Ministry Health
retainer services to provide additional low-cost, confidential, personal support with
their valued ministry staff.
* Denominational Think-Tanks/Staff Meetings Denominational Think-Tanks/Staff Meetings.
Denominational offices wishing to enhance their ministry to pastors and
congregations may wish to consider a staff meeting with Director Thomas Fischer on a topic
of their choice relating to Ministry
Consulting services are offered on a negotiable, contract basis
and are developed in consultation with the Director of Ministry Health, LLC..
- * Individuals via phone, email and/or personal consultation on a daily
basis at no cost as part of
- Workshop/Seminar Fees:
Workshops and seminars are offered on-site or at the location of
the sponsoring entitys choosing. Seminar fees are based on three components.
1) Deposit For Engagement: A $200 non-refundable deposit is
required to secure any date for consultation, workshops, etc. This amount
may be applied to the honorarium.
2) Honorarium. To date Ministry
Health, LLC has found it unnecessary to
charge a specific honorarium as congregations and other ministry
organizations typically recognize the value of Ministry
Health programs. Honorariums
should take into account travel time, preparation time and the expertise of
the speaker as well as the actual on-site time.
The generous honoraria and other donations from those
requesting workshops and consultations enable Ministry
Health, LLC to cover secretarial,
website and other overhead expenses. Such generosity also enables Ministry
Health, LLC to continue to offer the Ministry
Health biweekly email newsletter on a complimentary
basis to over 2000 pastors, denominational executives and Christian
leaders throughout the world.
3) Fixed Expenses. These include seminar materials,
travel expenses, food and hotel lodging are in addition to the above daily fees.
Consultations held on Sundays are assessed an additional $125 to cover substitute
preaching fees at the consultant's congregation.
Fees are payable as follows:
* Non-refundable security deposit is receivable within
two weeks from the time a workshop or consultation is finalized;
* Fees for all seminar materials and travel
arrangements must be
received at least two weeks prior to the seminar/workshop event.
* Balance of the remainder of fees is payable
at the conclusion of the workshop.
Those wishing to make additional donations for the extension of this
ministry are welcome.
Ministry Health, LLC also offers its support on
a retainer basis. Please contact MH for more information.
- Please direct your inquiry to Thomas F. Fischer, Director of Ministry Health, LLC. at 517-832-3667 or via email, firstname.lastname@example.org . Promotional flyers and other information is available by
- Thomas F. Fischer, M.Div, M.S.A.,
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