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413 | Flourishing in Ministry: Research and Practices that Cultivate Well-being in Christian Leadership

Friday 9/15 2:15 – 3:30 PM, Mental Health and the Mission of the Church, Workshop Tracks


Chris Adams, Ph.D.



Approved For CE

Licensed Professional Counselors, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists, Licensed Clinical Social Workers, Pastors, Pastoral Counselors, Lay Counselors, Coaches

Approved For CME/CEU




The Flourishing in Ministry study is a research project focused on the well-being of clergy and their families. For over a decade, the presenter has done research with more than 15,000 clergies from a broad spectrum of Christian traditions, examining what motivates pastors and priests to be engaged in ministry—and what disrupts them from experiencing well-being in their work. The research has attempted to explore how clergy—often working with lean resources—can give so much to others and experience a sense of fulfillment and growth in their daily work lives. In this workshop, the presenter will discuss key flourishing practices in the five dimensions of the Flourishing in Ministry model—daily well-being, resilience, thriving, authenticity, and the pastor’s relational ecosystem. This workshop will teach licensed mental health professionals and ministry leaders how to help pastors flourish.

Learning Objectives

1. Examine the dimensions of human flourishing from a social science research perspective and apply this research to the lives of clergy
2. Articulate the conditions, factors, and practices that lead to well-being among clergy in the five key dimensions of the Flourishing in Ministry model
3. Identify what mental health professionals, coaches, and lay leaders can do to help pastors flourish
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