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Free workshops for clergy, clergy spouses, and church staff.

2013 Schedule | Topics | CEUs | Why Self-Care?

The Servant Leadership: Personal & Professional Self-Care Workshop for Kansas United Methodist clergy, clergy spouses, and church staff provides a structured opportunity for individuals to examine their current choices within the mental/emotional, physical, social, and spiritual health areas. Led by trained professionals, the workshop encourages discussion and self-examination while providing information and collaborative support. The end product of the workshop, a personal Self-Care Covenant, provides a structured plan for one or more behavioral and/or environmental changes to improve personal health.

For 2013, the Self-Care Workshops are offered in either online or in-person formats, both providing a total of eight participation hours. The online workshop format consists of four 2-hour sessions via webinar/teleconference -- no travel required! The in-person workshop format consists of either one 8-hour day or two 4-hour sessions on consecutive days.

Questions? Contact presenter Judy Johnston at or 316-293-1861.

Schedule of workshops

There are no currently scheduled workshops; please check back.

Covered topics include:

  • Self-care and the roles of clergy
  • What does leadership have to do with self-care?
  • Mental/emotional self care
    • Stress Management
    • Healthy Boundaries
    • Expression versus Repression
  • Spiritual self-care
    • Pastoring is a dirty job!
    • Paul's Instructions
    • Personal Spirituality versus Professional Responsibility
  • Social self-care
    • Theological Framework for Social Health
    • Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs
    • Finding or Developing your Social Support
  • Physical self-care
    • Understanding Metabolic Syndrome
    • Strategies for Managing Eating
    • Controlling Your Environments
    • Increasing Sleep and Water

Each participant will receive a notebook--for use during and after the workshop--which includes self-examination tools, encourages reflection and journaling, and includes the Self-Care covenant worksheets.

Continuing education credits

This workshop has been approved for 0.7 continuing education credits for clergy who participate in the entire workshop. Certificates will be mailed to participants. Health care professionals who wish to apply for continuing professional education credits may request the agenda, bio-sketches of the presenter, and a certificate of completion that they can use to apply for CEUs.

Why Self-Care?

Choose life so that you and your descendants may live, loving the Lord your God; obeying Him and holding fast to Him; for that means life to you and length of days, so that you may live in the land that the Lord swore to give to your ancestors, to Abraham, and Isaac, and to Jacob. Deuteronomy 30: 19-20

We are constantly presented with choices that either enhance or detract from our overall health and well-being. When we are not healthy in body, mind, and spirit together, we are less than what God intended us to be and are less available to do the work to which God has called each of us in ministry. To deny interconnectedness of body, mind, and spirit -- or to shortchange any aspect of our lives is to deny the fullness of what God has called each one of us to be. To recognize the inseparability of our complete nature and to operate from that center is to lead from the soul.