Invitation from Executive State Pastor,
Rev. Dr. Doug Talley:
Greetings from Indiana Ministries!
The last 17 months have been incredibly demanding on everyone. The unprecedented experience of a pandemic, and its impact on every area of our lives has been profound. I’m hearing repeatedly that the pandemic experience is draining pastors of energy and vitality. This drain involves multiple areas such as mental, emotional, spiritual, and relational.
The speaker at the October 4 Annual Meeting of Indiana Ministries is someone who specializes in equipping pastors to thrive in their relationship with God. Dr. Ruth Haley Barton is an author, spiritual director, teacher, retreat leader, and founder of the Transforming Center, a ministry dedicated to strengthening the souls of pastors, Christian leaders and the congregations and organizations they serve. Ruth has been a student, practitioner, and thought leader in the area of Christian spirituality and formation for over 20 years.
Pastors are vulnerable to overlooking the health of our own souls. We tend to think that God will take care of us if we simply take care of our churches. While I am a strong believer that God will take care of us, I also realize that our walk with God will be compromised if we neglect our own souls and allow ourselves to merely get caught up in the tasks and activities of ministry.
Dr. Barton says, “My desire – whether I am writing, speaking, or leading retreats – is to guide you into encounters with God that will strengthen the soul of your leadership. Truly, the best thing any of us can bring to leadership is our own transforming selves. That is the journey I am committed to, and it is the journey to which you are invited as well.”
This is your invitation to join me and Dr. Barton for the Indiana Ministries Annual Meeting on Monday, October 4th at Madison Park Church in Anderson. Check-in and networking will begin at 8:30 a.m. EDT and the meeting will be from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. EDT. As is our habit, the annual business meeting will be during lunch.
Though voting at the annual business meeting is limited to ministers (licensed or ordained) and lay delegates, others from your congregation or ministry are invited to attend the general sessions.
You can register at www.indianaministries.org. You will be asked to select in person or virtual attendance options. Cost is dependent on the option you select. If you will be attending in person, you will also need to select a meal entree.
Rev. Dr. Douglas Talley
Executive State Pastor