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Self-Care and Resilience in Ministry
Christian ministry is hard work and stressful at the best of times, even when it is a joy and blessing. Following in the way of Jesus necessarily involves suffering and sacrifice. Caring for God’s people is demanding and costly. Unresolved conflict can demotivate us. Criticisms can hurt. The challenge is to keep holy, healthy and maturing in the midst of the ups and downs of Christian ministry. A vibrant spiritual relationship with the living God is vital. We are to attend to our physical, emotional and mental health. Loving relationships with family and friends are crucial aspects of our being and well-being.
Yet these are the very things that we can let slip as we meet the demands of ministry, only for our enthusiasm for ministry to diminish, our energies for service to recede, and our emotional tanks to run on empty. The aim of this unit is to train and equip its participants to persevere in faithful Christian ministry, while continuing to grow in love for Christ, to mature in character, to pursue physical and mental health, and to enjoy close, loving relationships.
Lecturer: Tim Dyer is a trainer of church consultants, mentors and leaders. He focuses on the care, development and support of clergy and the health of congregations.
AQF level: 8/9
Lecture Mode: hybrid*
Prerequisites: For PC073-912i: 48cps Level 8
Start Date: Monday 16 August 2021
Lecture Week: Monday 20 - Friday 24 September 2021
End Date: Friday 17 December 2021
Credit Points and Costs:
APC073 = 36hrs - Audit (no assessments) - $700 on-campus*/$630 off-campus*
PC073-812i = 12cp (1 unit) - GDDiv, MDiv, MTS - $2520
PC073-912i = 12cp (1 unit) - MDiv, MTS - $2520
*2021 LECTURE MODES:
On-Campus: units in this mode are delivered face-to-face in the classroom only, with a limit on numbers (for Covid safety).
Off-campus: units in this mode are delivered live online only, that is, a mix of online lectures, videos, activities and interaction with lecturers and fellow students.
Hybrid: units in this mode are delivered both on-campus (limited face-to-face numbers) and off-campus (live online) concurrently.