The ServingLeaders team is available for conferences, retreats, seminars, and workshops. With extensive experience in teaching and counseling, our team combines case studies, humor and an interactive approach that will keep you informed and engaged. You will walk away from a ServingLeaders seminar with valuable tools. Below you’ll find some of the seminar topics ServingLeaders has covered.
Your Ruling Passions: How the Idols of Your Heart Can Sabotage Your Ministry, Marriage and Family
Henry Scougal said “The worth and excellency of a soul is to be measured by the object of its love.” What and whom do you most love? What are you most passionate about? What energizes you? What are your priorities? How do your passions positively and negatively affect your relationships with your family, friends, and God? Your ministry? Are there any hidden areas in your life that have the potential to sabotage your life, marriage, family, and ministry?
Pastors and ministry leaders are not exempt from hidden landmines and idols of the heart. In fact, it can be even more challenging to identify these because they often are disguised by the seduction, challenges and trappings of “ministry.” Examining the lives of the Apostles Peter and Paul as biblical examples, this in-depth, interactive seminar provides a forum to honestly explore and prioritize your passions in a way that can help you deepen your walk with God and others, and help avoid the dangerous landmines that have the potential to sabotage your ministry, marriage, family and relationships.
Avoiding the Nightmares of Pastoral Flameout and Burnout
Flameout (moral failure) and Burnout (physical and emotional exhaustion) are leading reasons why ministry leaders are forced to leave the ministry. Pastors, missionaries, and church planters are at particular risk due to the 24/7, fast-paced, non-stop demands and inherent isolation of ministry. This seminar provides a detailed discussion of the phenomena of flameout and burnout, the downward spiral leading to these conditions, and the necessary and practical steps for staying healthy in the marathon distance run of ministry.
Avoiding Pastoral Abuse of Authority and Sexual Misconduct in Your Church
Shepherds have a high calling to feed their sheep. Scripture solemnly warns them to not feed on their sheep. Nevertheless, pastoral abuse of authority and sexual misconduct occur at epidemic levels. Sexual temptation is a real and direct threat to the heart of your church ministry, marriage, and family. The real question is not if but when you will face temptation! Abuse of power and sexual misconduct are the primary reasons pastoral counselors and pastors are sued and experience ministry failure.
Using a series of real-life hypothetical’s, this interactive seminar will help you experientially examine the multiple level of power dynamics that occur in church planting settings, including pastoral counseling, and help explain why those dynamics can create a tsunami of factors that can destroy even those with the highest integrity and resolve. What is abuse of power? What should you do when you are sexually attracted to a congregant or she/he is attracted to you? This talk could save you, your family, and your ministry from a lifetime of heartache and failure.
Legal and Ethical Issues in Ministry and Counseling: Honoring God and Your Flock While Safeguarding Your Church from Legal Nightmares
Most pastors engage in pastoral counseling but have had little training in the legal and ethical landmines that can potentially explode into personal and legal nightmares for the pastor, staff and church when ethical standards are ignored or violated. This seminar introduces legal concepts of negligence and intentional tors with which your pastoral staff should be well acquainted. It then exposes dangerous hidden “landmines” and address issues of: abuse of power, competence, high risk counseling practices, referrals, confidentiality, communication with elder boards, medications, sexual misconduct, and mandatory child abuse reporting requirements.
Creating an Emotional Connection in Marriage
God designed us for intimate connection in marriage. What are the factors that destroy intimacy and connection? This seminar explores the negative cycles that can afflict marriage and provides practical ways to regain intimacy and emotional connection.
Homosexuality and The Church: Burning Issues in the Age of“Tolerance”
What does the Bible say about homosexuality? Are people “born gay?” Is it a “choice?” What are the multiple and complex factors that contribute to a person developing same sex attraction? How should Christians and the Church respond to individuals as well as the GLSBT community? Do you know how to address issues such as “Gay marriage,” “civil unions,” “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” “tolerance,” and unwanted same sex attractions? What are the implications of these issues on religious liberty? This interactive seminar will address these and other issues and provide you with a loving, cogent, and biblical response to this important, and relevant topic.
Avoiding Leadership Failure
No leader is immune to failure. The devastation hurts families, ministries, churches, and communities. This seminar addresses common landmines that make leaders susceptible to failure and provides practical steps to expose and avoid factors that weaken leaders and cause them to implode.
Your Faith, Your Vote, Your Freedom: A Biblical View of Politics and Our Responsibility as Christians and the Church
Does the Bible have anything to say about politics, voting, or the responsibility to be “salt and light” in the political world? Should Christians exert any influence on political issues? Is there a “Christian” position regarding political parties? How close do liberals, conservatives, the occupy movement, or the Democratic or Republican parties comport with Biblical instructions regarding marriage, abortion, taxes, homosexuality, environment, justice, equality, and fairness? Given the importance of the upcoming election, all believers should develop a biblically shaped worldview on these questions, and the answers may surprise you. Come join the discussion of these and many other topics that will be addressed in this interactive class.