Order of Elder, Order of Deacons, Fellowship of Local Pastors & Associate Members Spring 2018 Gathering
Thursday, April 26, 2018 at 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM Central Standard Time

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First UMC Ames
516 Kellogg Avenue
Ames, IA 50010

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Lisa Steel

Spring 2018 Order of Elders, Order of Deacons, Fellowship of Local Pastors and Associate Members Event

Thursday, April 26th from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.

First United Methodist Church (516 Kellogg Avenue, Ames, IA 50010 ) 

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In the midst of personal and corporate transitions, anxiety is always part of the experience.  Actually, life itself demands navigating the challenges of anxiety across the entire journey—and responding to a call into ministry simply does not make one immune to its impact.  This gathering will provide for opportunities to learn about various categories of anxiety (including that it is not all “bad”), your particular “anxiety personality type”, optimal ways to cope and grow through anxious times of change, reducing detrimental emotional reactivity, and becoming a centered, grounded follower of Christ in daily life.  It is one thing to hope to be that “nonanxious presence” as a leader in a system, but understanding how we might best mitigate the debilitative effects of toxic anxiety and most creatively and constructively work with the whole range of our anxiety will be the focus of this day. 

An anxious guy himself, Mark Minear is a licensed psychologist who has provided services, both counseling and assessment (including clergy candidate evaluations), through the Des Moines Pastoral Care Center for the past six years.  As a recorded Quaker pastor, Mark is especially interested in working with ministers and their families, integrating spiritual and psychological processes for healing and empowerment, and utilizing a mindfulness approach for the transformational work of therapy. 

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