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Caring for Yourself; Caring for your Family

Offered by the Institute for Pastoral Leadership

February 28 - March 2, 2011
School of Christian Vocation and Mission
Princeton Theological Seminary


Is your spouse jealous of the time you spend with your congregation? Do you feel torn between your pastoral duties and your longing to spend time with your children? And when was the last time you did something simply because it gave you delight?

This workshop is for those church leaders who need to learn how to care for their own souls and those of their family as tenderly as they do the members of their congregation.

Using the model of Nonviolent Communication (NVC -- as developed by Marshall Rosenberg), this workshop teaches a method for discerning your most fundamental needs in the midst of competing and clamoring claims for your attention. Students of Deborah Hunsinger over the years have found great joy and a sense of freedom in learning these basic skills to help them navigate the challenges of ministry. In this workshop, she is joined by NVC certified trainer, Martha Lasley, to offer finely-honed leadership skills in caring for yourself and your family as you care for your congregation.

Come for a refresher course with your friends! Or use this as an introduction to a method of self-care that you can put into immediate practice.


Deborah van Deusen Hunsinger, Charlotte W. Newcombe Professor of Pastoral Theology at Princeton Theological Seminary and an ordained Presbyterian minister, is interested in educating clergy and laypeople to offer theologically sound and psychologically informed pastoral care in the church. In addition to her doctoral seminars, she teaches courses on the theory and practice of pastoral care, the theological foundations and clinical skills of pastoral counseling, marriage and family, prayer and pastoral care, developing compassionate communication in the church, and the relevance of Jungian concepts and methods for pastoral care and counseling. As a Fellow in the American Association of Pastoral Counselors, she has received extensive training in a variety of therapeutic modalities, having worked with individuals, couples, families, and groups.

Martha Lasley, an executive coach, is a founding partner of Leadership that Works, a firm that trains and coaches visionaries. Since 1997 she has been the Director of Training, custom-designing programs to facilitate profound personal and organizational transformation. In 2006, she co-founded Coaching for Transformation, where she designs and delivers coach training programs to ignite transformation. She wrote two books, Facilitating with Heart and Courageous Visions. As a certified trainer for the Center for Nonviolent Communication, her passion is developing compassionate leaders and social activists.

Tentative Schedule

The institute will start on Monday, February 28 at 9 a.m. and will conclude by 12 noon on Wednesday, March 2, 2011. Participants are welcome to extend their stay for the entire week by registering for one of the other three institutes offered by the Institute for Pastoral Leadership from March 3-4, 2011.


The registration fee is $200 (discounted to $160 until January 5), which includes tuition, refreshments, and meals. Affordable on-campus lodging (as low as $55 per night) is available to those who need it. Please read the registration and cancellation policy here and then click here to register online.

If you have further questions, please call 609-497-7990 or e-mail [email protected].