Tending the Fire


“The concepts, perspective and self-knowledge gained from Tending the Fire are as valuable as any I’ve come across in my 25 years of active pastoral ministry.  I wish I had experienced Tending the Fire years earlier.”

Rev. Henry Frueh

District Superintendent,  United Methodist Church


These are difficult times

to lead a church. 

Our shifting society and postmodern culture demand new approaches from churches and pastors.  Church leaders worry about meeting the needs of the future while staying true to their essential traditions and beliefs.  How do you keep your balance in the midst of it all?


Clergy who attend Tending the Fire become better leaders:  less worried, more engaged, and renewed in their call to ministry.

Tending the Fire offers clergy opportunities learning and renewal across three retreats. 

The Opening Intensive explores family systems theory as it applies to congregations and families.  In particular, it looks at the effects of chronic anxiety on individuals and institutions.

The Deepening Retreat reveals how to maintain one’s self in an anxious system, and offers tools for healthy leadership.  Participants share case studies from their ministry settings.

The Sending Retreat continues reflection on systems and anxiety, with emphasis on managing sabotage and creating collegial support. Participants share case studies and focus on their call and vision for ministry.

Participation in all three retreats is required.

Tending the Fire does not offer a quick fix to problems of congregational viability or clergy effectiveness.  It works at a deep personal and professional level, resulting in sustained growth for clergy and their congregations. 

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Wise, resilient leadership for changing times.

“How can I be the leader that my church needs?”