Clergy and lay leaders have remarkably high rates of burnout and turnover. Congregations are meant to be sanctuaries for renewal and growth, but can exact a heavy toll on those responsible for leading them. Join author and podcaster Mike McHargue for a look at the latest findings in neuroscience and cognitive psychology about how to lead others without exhausting your own emotional resources.
In the workshop, you’ll learn:
- the essential role our feelings play in rational decision making,
- how to access the wisdom in our “feeling brain” and “gut,”
- how to deescalate conflict without shutting down conversations,
- and how to read the body language of others to foster connection.
Also known as “Science Mike,” Mike McHargue is a Christian turned atheist turned follower of Jesus. He is interested in the intersection of science and religion and presents a weekly podcast and blog on these subjects. He co-founded The Liturgists with Michael Gungor, and co-hosts The Liturgists Podcast. The Liturgists create sacred art and community for the spiritual homeless and frustrated.
This workshop is 9 a.m.-4 p.m. (Eastern time) on Thursday, August 29 at John Knox Presbyterian Church in Indianapolis. The cost is $30 per person. When congregational teams of three or more register together, the cost is discounted to $25 per person. This fee includes continental breakfast, lunch and workshop materials. Workshops limited to Indiana congregations.
How can you maximize your learning in this workshop and others? Check out this Center for Congregations article, "Getting the Most from an Education Event."