Pastoral Health

BTS 2014 Summer Course & Conference

course no. MAC 721 / 1 Credit, 9 CE's, or Pastoral Enrichment

The negative statistics on pastoral ministry are staggering, and the personal stories behind those statistics are even more sobering. The purpose of this course is to address the often neglected issue of pastoral health in order to enhance awareness of its importance, to encourage pastors and spouses in their pursuit of it, and to equip church leaders and counselors with the knowledge and resources necessary to cultivate it among the pastors they supervise and serve.

Take this Course to:

  • Understand the unique and difficult task of maintaining pastoral health, and the importance of pursuing it.
  • Be able to assess pastoral health and increase self-awareness of ministry risks.
  • Develop strategies and resources for counseling and/or self-care in a holistic approach to pastoral health.

Location: BTS Main Campus - 200 North Main Street, Hatfield, PA


Friday, July 25, 2014 6:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Saturday, July 26, 2014 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Who Should Attend:

  • Pastors and spouses
  • Church and ministry leaders
  • Counselors
  • Coaches
  • Spiritual Directors

Cost to Attend:

One Graduate Credit - $462.00
(or current cohort rate)

9 Hours Continuing Education - $154.00
NBCC approved - for Licensed Professionals

Pastor and Spouse - $75.00
Price per couple attending together

General Admission - $50.00 per attendee

Event Schedule

Friday night July 25:

  • 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
    • Introduction to the course
    • Plenary and Q & A with Ruth Graham - The Journey into Brokenness
  • 7:30 p.m. - 7:45 p.m.
    • Break
  • 7:45 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
    • Plenary and Q & A with Dr. Phil Monroe - Assessing Pastoral Health and Increasing Self Awareness

Saturday July 26:

  • 9:00 a.m. - 10:15 a.m.
    • Plenary and Q & A with J.R. Briggs - The Significance of Pastoral Coaching
  • 10:15 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
    • Break
  • 10:30 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.
    • Breakout Sessions (choose one)
      • J.R. Briggs - Navigating Ministry Failure
      • Christine Labrum - Spiritual Direction and Self Care... Creating Space to Listen
      • Dr. Bryan Maier - Dealing with Moral Ministry Failure
  • 11:45 a.m. - 12:45 p.m.
    • Lunch (not provided)
  • 12:45 p.m. - 1:45 p.m.
    • Plenary and Q & A with Ruth Graham - Forgiveness in Ministry
  • 1:45 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
    • Break
  • 2:00 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.
    • Breakout Sessions (choose one)
      • Christine Labrum - Spiritual Direction and Self Care... Creating Space to Listen
      • Tracy Commons - Pursuing Relational and Family Health in Ministry
      • Dr. Phil Monroe - Counseling Pastors... Counseling Churches
  • 3:15 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
    • Break
  • 3:30 p.m. - 4:15 p.m.
    • Time of Reflection - Tracy Commons
  • 4:15 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
    • Panel Discussion with Presenters - Roadblocks to Pastoral Health

Contact us with any questions: Call Tracy Commons at 1-800-235-4021 x153 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .


Tracy Commons, MDiv, MA

Instructor and Professor of Record

Admissions Counselor at BTS whose experience and education have led to a passionate pursuit of spiritual formation, missional ministry, and helping leaders who need a safe place to be vulnerable and seek health.

Ruth Graham

Speaker, Best-Selling Author

Founder & president of Ruth Graham and Friends. Author of In Every Pew Sits a Broken Heart and Fear Not Tomorrow, God is Already There, and travels widely as a speaker & special guest on various radio and TV shows.

Phil Monroe, PsyD

Director of the Graduate School of Counseling at BTS, Speaker

Professor of Counseling & Psychology at BTS and is Licensed as a psychologist. Phil maintains a private practice with Diane Langberg & Associates and specalizes in trauma recovery and renewal for pastors.

J.R. Briggs, MA

Pastor of The Renew Community, Pastoral Coach, Author

Founder of Kairos Partnerships and the Epic Fail Pastors Conferences, J.R. has written three books and serves as the Director of Leadership & Congregational Formation with The Ecclesia Network.

Bryan Maier, PsyD

Professor of Counseling and Psychology, Counselor, Speaker

Experience as an associate pastor combined with his 25 years of diverse counseling, Bryan has a passion for helping others through a distinctly Christian perspective.

Christine Labrum, MDiv

Artist, Spiritual Director, Author

An artist and spiritual director who is passionate about creating space to listen for God and companioning others deeper into the heart of God. Christine is also the author of Journey to Become.

The above-named speakers are confirmed to speak at the Event as of the date of this publication. A speaker may fail to appear at the Event due to circumstances beyond the control of BTS, and BTS reserves the right to make speaker substitutions, alterations and/or cancellations if deemed necessary in BTS’s sole and absolute discretion. BTS specifically disclaims any and all liability (and shall under no circumstances whatsoever be liable) for any such speaker substitutions, alterations or cancellations.

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