As we approach the one-year mark of ministry in a pandemic, the Center for Leadership Excellence invites you to make a Lenten commitment to self-care by participating in Manna.
Curious what Manna is all about? Listen to this 3-minute video from the Rev. Lisa Yebuah, created to introduce the program to pastors about to embark on this journey…
Hear what pastors who have already completed Manna have to say about this experience…
- I appreciated the versatility of Manna … it was easy to use and very well done.
- I truly appreciated this attentiveness to our well-being at this time.
- Such a wonderful opportunity for reflection and self-care.
- Our group conversation and reflections were very uplifting and fruitful with deep sharing. It bonded us together in stronger ways!
- It was great to work with our existing Covenant Group and have a rhythm and structure to follow.
- It was indeed “manna for the soul”!
Should I participate on my own or in a group? Either option works, depending on your own preferences. Clergy who participated when this program was first released had positive experiences working through the material with pre-existing clergy groups. If you are already part of a Covenant Group, clergy book club, or other existing cohort, consider inviting your group to register with you.
Can you help connect me with a group? If you are interested in finding a clergy group to journey with through this program, please reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org. If we receive multiple inquiries, we’ll be happy to connect you!
What does each session include? Each session includes a 30-40 minute video with a grounding exercise, reflection, reflection questions, and suggested spiritual practice. There is a place in each video where you are asked to pause to reflect and (if working with a group) discuss with others. We recommend carving out 60-75 minutes of uninterrupted time for each session. The intention is to offer space to be fed, reflect, share, and engage in nourishing and sustaining practices for the journey ahead.
About Lisa Yebuah:
Lisa Yebuah is the pastor of the Southeast Raleigh Table, the newest worshipping community of Edenton Street UMC, and also serves on the Cabinet as the Spiritual Director and Advisor for Inclusion and Equity. She’s a 1999 graduate of Wofford College and a 2004 graduate of Duke University Divinity School. Life in ministry is at the heart of who she is. When asked, Lisa sums up her vocation through the lens of Mark 2: “I’m trying to help people in the pews become less concerned about the holes we make in our roofs and become more holy restless about our friends who’re bound to their mats.” Beyond ministry, Lisa is a professional people watcher, a biscuit-eating CrossFitter, and a seasoned trash-talker during the football season.