Flourishing in Pastoral Ministry conference will be held at Indiana Wesleyan University on September 23, 2016. Flourishing in Pastoral Ministry, an interdisciplinary conference, is a rare and significant opportunity to call together scholars and leading practitioners from a variety of fields to explore the best practices, systems, and supports for clergy health and well being. We especially invite those involved with fresh research data to report their findings to caregivers. It is important to emphasize that this conference is distinctively targeted toward caregivers (counselors and others who care for clergy). Our hope is to make a significant, lasting contribution to the overall effectiveness of those who care for the well-being of clergy.

Given the challenges that clergy face in all stages of their ministry career, in churches large and small, and situated in a wide array of social contexts, our intent is to explore emerging research and present best insights into helping clergy flourish for a lifetime in ministry. 

Dr. Emmons

This year we are privileged to have as our keynote speaker, Dr. Robert Emmons, PhD, Professor of Psychology at the University of California. Dr. Emmons is a leader in the positive psychology movement. His research focuses on the psychology of gratitude and thankfulness and also includes the psychology and spirituality of joy and grace as they relate to human flourishing.  Dr. Emmons is founding editor and editor-in-chief of The Journal of Positive Psychology.  He is Past-President of the American Psychological Association’s Division 36, The Psychology of Religion. 

We of the IWU Division of Graduate Counseling are grateful for our partnership with the Division of Education and Clergy Development of the Wesleyan Church, the IWU School of Theology and Ministry, and Wesley Seminary at IWU in making this conference possible.

Thank you for considering this significant opportunity to contribute to the ministry success of clergy everywhere. 

Last updated: 10/14/2016