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Wellness in a Covid-19 World

On September 30th and October 1st, ministry leaders from across Canada (and Saskatchewan) participated in two (2 – hour) Zoom seminars on personal wellness.  The emphasis was specifically on identifying the roots and symptoms of stress and burnout in ministry. The presenters included Dr. Rod Wilson, president and professor of Counselling and Psychology at Regent College and Bonita Eby, president of Breakthrough Personal & Professional Development Inc.

Dr. Wilson focused on “Neglecting the Inner Life” and “Navigating the Inner Life”.  Eby focused on “Elevated Stress & Burnout – Causes and Signs” and “Coping and Reversal Strategies”. After each presentation, participants were assigned to a small group by province or agency for discussion and dialogue. At the end of the second day of seminars, conference pastors and directors met with the people from their province for dialogue. The key question asked by these provincial leaders was, “From what you heard and learned these past two days, what do I need to hear from you?”

Saskatchewan folks genuinely appreciated the seminars and voiced a significant interest in some form of follow-up event. Also voiced was the pressing need to have lay leadership boards in our member churches understand stress and burnout in vocational ministry – “Our church leaders need to hear these speakers in order to help us navigate well-being in ministry. Also, they should be acquainted with our health plan, specifically provisions for counselling.”

Director of Ministry, Phil Gunther, in his October SKMB video, called upon lay church and camp boards to ensure that their staff have adequate resources and help for managing their well-being. He asked them to read the staff health plan provided by the Conference. Finally, he appealed for lay leaders to view the seminars as a lead team.  

VIDEOS AND RESOURCES: https://skmb.ca/news-and-events/wellness-call/

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