New York Conference UCC

2018 NYSOM Spring Learning Event

New York School of Ministry Spring Learning Event

Self-Care And Leadership

April 20-21, 2018

Healthy individuals create healthy communities, and healthy communities create healthy individuals.

During our Spring Learning Event, we will explore the relationship between Leadership and Self-Care. We will clarify that good leadership can be undermined by inadequate self-care and that good self-care does not by itself constitute an adequate leadership stance. Drawing from many excellent resources on leadership and on self-care, we will identify ways that they can work together for effective ministry.

In six hours of program time, through lecture, discussion, and small-group exercises, Dr. Gustafson will introduce you to an integrative process that respects your uniqueness with regard to both leadership styles and self-care needs. No one will tell you how you should be caring or leading.

Bring your questions and your experience-based wisdom to share in the process.

We’ll be at Notre Dame Retreat House again, on beautiful Canandaigua Lake. The event provides 6 hours of continuing education for authorized ministers, but you don’t need to be a minister to come. All church leaders are welcome. 

Overnighters $115; Commuter participants $60.

The Rev. Wayne E. Gustafson, D.Min. is an ordained minister in the United Church of Christ, a Certified Fellow in the American Association of Pastoral Counselors, and a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in New York. Presently, he is a contract pastoral counselor and psychotherapist with Susquehanna Family Counseling Ministry (a mission of the Susquehanna Association, UCC), seeing clients in Ithaca and Watkins Glen.

Dr. Gustafson is a graduate of Cornell University with a BA in Chemistry and has Master of Divinity and Doctor of Ministry (Psychology and Clinical Studies) degrees from Andover Newton Theological School. He teaches Pastoral Care courses for the New York School of Ministry and leads workshops for clergy and laity. He has also been an adjunct instructor in Psychology at Tompkins Cortland Community College. He is the author of two novels, Community of Promise: The Untold Story of Moses, and The Wisdom Weaver, both set around the time of the Exodus.

He and his wife, Phebe, live in the Ecovillage at Ithaca. They have one grown son.

Registration Information:

If you have never registered online for NY School of Ministry course or a NY Conference event, you will be asked to create an account. After you create that account, please log out and then go back to the link to register. We wish that the software could handle both the creation of an account and the actual registration, but it can't. 

In addition, as part of the registration procedure, you'll be asked for your birth date. You do not need to include it, but know that a birth date is one of the ways our database avoids duplicate accounts, so if you're willing to share it, it will help us out greatly (and save us the time of merging duplicate accounts).

Finally, if you don't receive an email confirmation of your registration, then you didn't actually register. If that's the case, please email Rev. Leigh McCaffrey at

Questions? Email Leigh McCaffrey


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4/20/2018 5:00 PM - 4/21/2018 3:00 PM
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