Pastoral Excellence Network leaders gather with pastors at Nags Head beach

Apr 19, 2013 | Pastoral Excellence Network

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Under the theme, “Soul-full and resilient leadership in turbulent times,” Chris Braudaway-Bauman and Larry Peers are leading a pastor and spouse retreat at Nags Head beach in North Carolina from April 22 to April 24, 2013.

Braudaway-Bauman explains that the landscape of ministry is changing rapidly, which requires pastors to imagine different ways of leading. At the same time, in order to be and remain creative in ministry, pastors need to cultivate soul-full practices that build their resilience, cultivate their own well-being, and enable them to develop meaningful relationships with clergy colleagues for ongoing support and mutual learning.

To address these needs, Braudaway-Bauman and Peers are gathering with 70 mostly United Church of Christ pastors and spouses from North Carolina and the Tidewater region of Virginia. In this gathering they are exploring together:

  • the challenges and possibilities of cultivating clergy well-being;
  • the perspectives and practices of adaptive leadership; and
  • the forming and sustaining of Clergy Communities of Practice for peer support and learning.

Most of the clergy in attendance are pastors in the Southern Conference of the United Church of Church. They are joined by staff members from the Presbytery of Western North Carolina of the Presbyterian Church, U.S.A., and the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship of North Carolina.

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