The Bi-District Clergy (Alexandria and Arlington pastors) have 3 or 4 meetings each year. Clergy are expected to attend these gatherings and also to be meeting regularly in their clergy peer learning groups.
2019-2020 Clergy Meetings:
The focus of our clergy meetings this year is “Flourishing.” We will consider how local churches flourish through discipleship, how clergy can flourish throughout their career and how congregations flourish through hospitality. We will hear from experts from Duke University Global Health Institute and St Paul School of Theology. Come consider how 2019-2020 might be a year of flourishing for you and your church.
- September 11, 2019 – Stephanie Anna Hixon, the Executive Director of JustPeace: Flourishing Discipleship (at St. Matthews UMC)
- November 20, 2019 – Rae Jean Proeschold-Bell, Duke University: Flourishing Throughout a Life in Ministry (at Floris UMC) *Note this meeting will have an additional session after lunch from 12:45-2:15.
- April 29, 2020 – Amy Oden, St Paul School of Theology: Flourishing Congregations: Theology of Hospitality(at Fairfax UMC) She will offer the second portion of her presentation after lunch. Plan to stay until about 2:15 p.m.
Please RSVP for the April 29 Clergy Meeting (Fairfax UMC) here using the button below. ALL clergy should RSVP and indicate their plans.
2019/2020 Clergy Meeting Schedule and Format
RSVP is required for ALL clergy meetings.
Clergy will receive an email to their @vaumc.org address once each RSVP form is open.
All clergy meetings will follow this same basic format:
9:15: Time of Fellowship
Lunch: Discussion and guided practical application. All clergy should plan to stay for lunch as part of each clergy meeting this year.
As noted above all clergy should plan to STAY for lunch at EACH clergy meeting in 2019/2020.
November will have an additional session after lunch 12:45—2:15.
April has an evening session based on the book Here and Now (laity invited)
November 20 sessions with Rae Jean Proeschold-Bell
In this session, Rae Jean Proeschold-Bell will delineate how positive mental health differs from mental health problems and share why positive mental health is vitally important for clergy and, indeed, all people. She will briefly share the latest data on the mental and physical health of UMC clergy, and then go in-depth into findings from the Duke Clergy Health Initiative’s study of flourishing clergy versus clergy with burnout. Together, we will experience a spiritual practice used by flourishing clergy.
Stress reduction and flourishing are fostered by small practices woven in throughout the day. In this second session, Rae Jean Proeschold-Bell will take us on a tour of the many evidence-based practices that bolster positive emotions and strengthen relationships. If you’re interested, you will walk away with a plan to implement 1-3 such practices in your own daily life. Then, through videos, you will hear from two clergy who have wrestled with taking care of their physical health and spirit while ministering to others; you will have a chance to ponder your thoughts with your brothers and sisters in ministry.
A message to clergy from our November 20 speaker, Rae Jean Proeschold Bell.