Strengthening Leaders Call to Ministry Through Continuing Education By: Minister Brenda Bennefield, Christian Education Programs Manager
By: Minister Brenda Bennefield, Christian Education Programs Manager
The new Christian Education Programs at Gammon Theological Seminary is designed to equip, educate, faithful and creative leaders to help enhance their call to ministry, through continuing education. This year, three retreats were implemented, Clergy, Renew Refresh and Reconnect, Spiritual, Pathway to Physical, Mental and Spiritual Renewal, and Writers: Gifted Hands and Gifted Minds. Our retreats give seminary students, clergy, alums, and the community the opportunity to continue their education and be more effective in their call to ministry, along with self-care.
In March of this year, Gammon held their first Spiritual retreat offering the following workshops, Spiritual Resilience: Bouncing Back from Defeat, How Personality Shapes Your Spiritual Path: Exploring the Enneagram, A Space for Discovery, Respecting Body Intelligence and Its Lessons on Spiritual, Physical and Mental Health, and Using Spirituality as a Therapeutic Response to Building Resilience. One of our workshop facilitator, Dr. Bridget Piggue, Director of Spiritual Health at Emory University Hospital Midtown talked about the Mind, Body and Spirit Connection. In an intimate workshop, she engaged participants on how to reconnect to God, themselves, purpose and one another. She spoke about slowing down and carving in prayer, and meditation daily. Also, Dr. Piggue talked about the importance of being present, to feel, be aware of our thoughts, and how they affect our body. These small workshop setting allowed time for our participants to be in dialogue with the facilitator, one another, along with self-awareness, and action to take place. The smaller settings allowed time to explore the content for personal applications. Other Spiritual Retreat workshops leaders were Rev. Dr. Anthony Alford, Dr. Maxie Harper Norris, Rev. Sam Townsend, Dr. Dawn Britt, Mrs. Kimberly Broerman, and Dr. Terry Hillard. All of our facilitators led exceptional workshops per our participant’s evaluations.
If you were not a part of this workshop, we encourage you to join us for the upcoming Clergy and Writers Retreat in the month of July, August, and September. For more information, please visit our website at www.gammon-itc.org.
Grace and Peace,
Minister Brenda Bennefield, Christian Education Programs Manager