Workshops


Workshops

(1- 3 Hours)
   
1. Rest in the Storm: Self-Care Strategies for Clergy
   
This is a powerful, practical workshop for clergy overdosing on overcommitment.
Special emphasis is placed on identifying realities in church life that lead to overdoing, including excessive expectations, unhealthy theological thinking, and competition in ministry.  Clergy learn biblical, doable strategies for eliminating overload, including cultivating leisure, living at a sacred pace, and locating the power in the pause of stillness. The workshop draws upon  Dr. Jones’s bestselling books, Rest in the Storm: Self-Care Strategies for Clergy and Other Caregivers and Addicted to Hurry: Spiritual Strategies for Slowing Down.
   
2. Rest in the Storm: Self-Care Strategies for Caregivers
   
A workshop for healthcare providers, social workers, and other caregivers; students learn how to care for others without violating themselves. Participants will observe how easy it is to be trapped in the cage of cultural, organizational, and personal expectations. The second half of the workshop focuses on the breakout principles of personal time-making, rush-resistance, and solitude creation. The workshop appropriates insights from Dr. Jones’s critically acclaimed books, Rest in the Storm: Self-Care Strategies for Clergy and Other Caregivers and Addicted to Hurry: Spiritual Strategies for Slowing Down.
  
3. The Jazz of Preaching: How to Preach With Great Freedom and Joy
  
Preachers will learn how to enhance their preaching through the amazing jazz powers of rhythm, call and response, blues, swing, and more. This workshop is based on Dr. Jones’s popular Jazz of Preaching class taught at Andover Newton Theological School and his recently published book by the same title. The Jazz of Preaching: How to Preach With Great Freedom and Joy has been hailed by preachers and preaching professors as "awesome,” "remarkable,” and "amazing.”
 
4. The Jazz of Public Speaking: How to Speak With Great Confidence and Passion
 
Lose the fear and find the fun in public speaking! Through simple but extraordinary jazz techniques, workshop participants learn how to communicate genuineness in speech, create effective dialogical flow, and turn "speaking miscues” into "surprise triumphs.” The workshop is enhanced by Dr. Jones’s jazz of preaching text and preliminary unpublished material from the forthcoming, The Jazz of Public Speaking: How to Speak With Great Confidence and Passion.
 
5. Getting Saved from Sameness: Nurturing Creative Church Spirituality and Practice
 
Getting Saved from Sameness is a fun and faithful workshop for clergy and church leaders who want to break out of "the rut of same thing-ness.” Persons will come face to face with the "the two-headed monster” that blocks progressive church functioning: the fear of the unknown and the fear of the loss of the known. This ground-breaking workshop offers biblically based principles for opening and observing the unsung and underused spiritual gifts of innovation, risk-taking, and playfulness. Give your church a lift; get saved from sameness.
 
6. You Were Born to Play and Soar: Hearing and Heeding God’s Call for Your Life
 
First presented in the Faith and Youth Institute at Andover Newton Theological School, this unique seminar offers exercises for discerning vocational choice and daring to achieve magnificent accomplishments. Dr. Jones is convinced that we all were born to play and soar, and will, as long as we don’t allow ourselves to be duped into believing otherwise. This fascinating and fun educational experience may be designed for teenagers or adults. and inspire your soul's free flight.