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Clergy Self Care

The staff and resources of the Michigan Conference Board of Ordained Ministry, the Office of Clergy Services, and the Office of Congregational Vibrancy & Leadership Development are here to support clergy leaders at all phases of their vocational journeys.

This page includes information about opportunities for development in the areas of finance, conflict, and coaching. There are links below that connect you to funding sources for BOM seminary and Continuing Education grants.

You will find a wealth of information for clergypersons, members of congregational and district committees, and members of the Board of Ordained Ministry at Resources/Board of Ordained Ministry.

Professional and leadership development opportunities can be found at Resources/Local Church/New Faith Communities.

Those considering ministry as a Licensed Local Pastor, Ordained Deacon, or Ordained Elder can start at Resources/Exploring Ministry.

Don't know where to start? Let us help!

Please contact Coordinator Debbie Stevenson or Director Rev. Jennifer Browne.

Ordination 2013Called to serve

Whether you have recently felt called to professional ministry or have served Christ in an ordained or licensed capacity for decades, the Office of Clergy Excellence and the Michigan Conference Board of Ordained Ministry are here to support you as you live out your calling.

The tabs above are meant to help you find the appropriate resources:

  •  The tool box on the Board of Ministry page is a wealth of information for individual clergy persons, as well as members of congregational and district committees and BOM members.
  • Those considering ministry as a Licensed Local Pastor, Ordained Deacon or Ordained Elder can start with Exploring Ministry.
  • Clergy Support Resources page is the place to find retreats, events, books and other resources for clergy support. 

Don’t know where to start? Let us help! Please contact Executive Assistant Debbie Stevenson or Director Rev. Jennifer Browne.

Saving Grace: Financial Wellbeing for Clergy

Clergy are notoriously shy about engaging in conversations about money. But a direct link exists between personal finance management and effective pastoral leadership. The Rev. Dr. Sherry Parker-Lewis, Senior Director of Church Relations for the UM Foundation of Michigan, regularly offers a six-week online class that explores personal finance from a scriptural and Wesleyan viewpoint and guides participants in the faithful management of their resources. This class is suitable for clergy leaders at all points of their vocational life. For information about upcoming classes, please contact sherry@umfmichigan.org.

Addressing Conflict

Conflict happens.  Sometimes it’s arrival is seen, heard and felt.  Sometimes it disappears as quickly as it appears.  Sometimes one can’t imagine or remember a time without it. Sometimes the heaviness of a pretend peace seems like the only option…a shared normal that doesn’t feel good.  And…there are better ways to work through conflict to transform it for good.  

Trained Michigan Conference facilitators, coaches, consultants and mediators are ready to assist ministry teams, committees, paid and unpaid leaders, congregants, small group ministries and more.  Service fees and expenses vary.  To learn more, please contact Naomi Garcia, Associate Director for Congregational Vibrancy, ngarcia@michiganumc.org  -  517-347-4030 ext. 4092. 

"Come to the Well" Clergy Renewal

Watch the following videos on how four clergy cope with stress.