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Inspire 2022 Workshop: Perseverance in Ministry: Lifelines for Drowning Leaders


This post is one of many conversations taking place in anticipation of Inspire 2022, set to happen in Tinley Park (a suburb of Chicago, Illinois) on August 4-6, 2022. Sign up to receive Inspire 2022 emails, which include the latest news on speakers, special opportunities, registration, and more. We hope to see you there!

How did church leadership become such draining work? Well, let’s think about the impact of COVID-19 and its related challenges, the denomination’s ongoing conversation about human sexuality, and the culture’s shift towards suspicion, and even hostility, of the church. Put all of that next to some long-standing realities: an often wearying schedule of meetings and responsibilities, plenty of wearying people, and our own wearying paces of life. 

All of that makes it difficult to remain in ministry for long—at a time when the church is in need of thoughtful, patient, and resilient leadership. Pastors are resigning. New elders and deacons are hard to find. Long-time volunteers are stepping back. 

At Inspire 2022, Pastor Church Resources ministry consultants will present a seminar called, “Perseverance in Ministry: Lifelines for Drowning Leaders.” They will share practices to reconnect leaders to their first love in Christ. Only by cultivating our individual and collective life with Christ will we experience ministry as a place of joy again. PCR consultants will also connect leaders to practical tools that can also make leadership work less life-draining and more life-giving.

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