Rev. Barbara Lemmel is an ordained elder in the New England Conference of the UMC. She has served congregations in Vermont and upstate New York, facilitated conference re-structuring,
and offers programming and spiritual guidance to churches and pastors. Barbara studied Family Systems Theory with the Lombard Mennonite Peace Center in Chicago and the Center for
Pastoral Effectiveness in New Orleans. She has led Tending the Fire retreats for clergy, laity and judicatory leadership since 2003. Barbara also offers one-on-one leadership coaching and
coordinates the Parish Consultants of the New England Conference UMC. For more information, visit www.tending-the-fire.com or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Human systems are complicated, and churches are no exception. At their best, they draw out excellence in their people. At their worst, they become stuck --undermining and sabotaging even the most well-designed plans for change. Tending the Fire helps clergy “think systems” in their congregations and their personal lives, so they can lead change that lasts.
• Understand anxiety’s effects on churches
• Be a healthy, non-anxious leader
• Manage complicated emotional relationships
• Avoid overwork and “underwork”
• Recognize and handle sabotage
• Discover the “next right steps” for their
churches and themselves.
"Tending the Fire" is a three part program as noted below:
Participants must attend all three sessions. The program begins on Tuesday at 1:00 p.m. and ends on Thursday at 4:00 p.m.
Session 1 - Opening Intensive: November 5-7, 2019 (Irons Homestead, Glocester, RI)
Session 2 - Deepening Retreat: January 14-16, 2020 (Edwards House, Framingham, MA)
Session 3 - Sending Retreat: March 10-12, 2020 (Silver Lake Conference Center, Sharon, CT)
This scheduled program is now part of the “Together We Thrive: Nurturing Pastoral Leadership” initiative, a collaboration of the TA1 Conferences of the United Church of Christ, The New England Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and The Episcopal Diocese of Western Massachusetts, that is funded by Lilly Endowment Inc.
Cost per person for the three part retreat is $600.00. Overnight accommodations are available at each location. Please visit the registration page for more information.