Processing the Pandemic for Ministry

July 27, August 3, 10  9:00 - 11:00 AM CDT
Via Webcast | LIVE ONLINE

At some point we started calling it “the new normal”as if a cute way of describing what we were experiencing would make the burden lighter. Maybe it did. But after more than a year of reinventing the wheel and never stopping to reflect on what it all means, we’re drowning. Our heads and hearts are full, but we may not be sure of what.

If you feel like you’ve been drinking from the proverbial fire hose, we get it. All you’ve done is learn new things. Now is the time to work through some of what you’ve already experiencedto integrate it into your personal and professional life.

We can help.


What You’ll Gain

  • Two dedicated hours a week (for three weeks) to practice stillness, intentional reflection, and realistic goal-setting
  • Opportunities to prioritize what’s been learned and to process it in a supportive environment
  • A safe space for integrating what you’ve learned through the pandemic and gently moving forward in whole and healthy ways
  • A sustainable plan for continuing the process after the course ends
  • And so much more


This course will help you connect with God through spiritual practices, deep listening, and an intentional space in which to breathe. These practices will help empower your day-to-day life as a follower of Jesus Christ.

Workshop Agenda

Session 1 - Breathing Room: Initial Practices

Session 2 - Processing and Integrating for Personal Spirituality

Session 3 - Processing and Integrating for Ministry

Session 1:

Breathing Room: Initial Practices

In this first session, you'll be introduced to the process. Through initial stillness practices, journaling activities, presentations, and breakout sessions, you’ll begin to identify your personal takeaways from the pandemic and what they might mean to you.

Session 2:

Processing and Integrating for Personal Spirituality

As leaders, our relationship with God is the source of sustainable and life-giving ministry. The pandemic challenged that for everyone. In this session, you'll explore and work with what you've learned about your own personal spirituality. Individually and in small groups, you'll have the chance to process through this past year.

Session 3:

Processing and Integrating for Ministry

In your final session as a group, you’ll apply the same learning practices (and unlearning, when necessary) to how you think about ministry. The pandemic required you to wear a lot of new hats. Which ones do you want to keep, and what will that look like in the future? The session will conclude with a 30-day practice to continue a journey of integrating beyond the course.

Meet the Instructor

Rev. Emily McQuillan is an ELCA pastor who has served in rural and suburban settings. She works for Luther Seminary's Faith+Lead as a web and content specialist and loves supporting the wider Christian community through writing articles, managing online courses for the Faith+Lead Learning Lab, and providing support at conferences like the Festival of Homiletics. Emily previously worked in higher education as a writing instructor. She has been creating and leading workshops and retreats since 2008.

How it Works

Join our host, Rev. Emily McQuillan, and an engaged learning cohort of faith leaders live and online!

  • ➔ Participate in three 75-minute webcast sessions

    Be there on Tuesdays from July 27 – August 10 (9:00 AM - 11:00 AM CDT) as we process what we’ve learned personally and professionally through the pandemic

  • ➔ Discuss your experience within a safe context

    Throughout the course, breakout sessions will allow chances to discuss and apply what you’re learning with people whose experience is a lot like yours.

  • ➔ Develop meaningful connections

    Unless we’re intentional, we’ll emerge from the pandemic without ever taking time to reflect or unpack. Having people to turn to who understand the issues you’re facing or the questions you’re asking is critical. This course will allow you to build those relationships.


Get access to the full course for just $75

  • Three live webcasts (six contact hours)
  • ➔ On-demand replay of the entire course
  • ➔ Practices and activities to try in context
  • ➔ A safe space to connect, discuss, and share