Understanding and Navigating Challenging Emotions in Ministry

Anxiety, depression, betrayal, disappointment, loss, and grief . . .

these strong emotions are experienced by many in ministry.

How do we understand these and come alongside to help?   



In morning sessions, Denny Howard will draw on more than two decades of counseling and coaching ministry leaders to help us understand these strong emotions.  He'll lead us in exploring strategies and tools applicable in our own lives, as well as those we are helping.  Whatever our role in ministry, there will be something to apply as we together pursue effective and fruitful outcomes.

Denny Howard


Denny HowardLMFT, LMHC, LCSW, ACCA, is the Director of Counseling and Coaching for Full Strength Network.  He has served as director of the Vitality Care Institute since 2001 providing a wide range of proactive and restorative coaching/counseling services for those who serve in people-influencing vocations, such as non-profit and ministry leaders. He is a state licensed clinician in mental health, a marriage/family therapist and a certified addictions counselor.  He is an ordained minister and a graduate of George Fox Evangelical Seminary in Portland, Oregon.  Denny is also the creator of the Livstyle Visual Personality Assessments (www.Livstyle.com).  Denny and his wife Debbie reside in Fort Wayne, Indiana and have three adult children.



After challenging us so aptly last year, we've invited Andy Hagen to join us again to take us deeper into spiritual refreshment and challenge on the theme topic in the evening sessions. 

Andy Hagen is a graduate of Moody Bible Institute, University of Northern Iowa, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School and American Technological University, with degrees in theology, history and counseling. He served as a pastor, is a retired US Army chaplain, and the last 11 years of active ministry was Program Director of Cedarly Pastors Retreat, along with his wife, Nancy. They have two married adult daughters and five grandchildren. Andy and Nancy live in Delafield, Wisconsin.



Also back again from our previous time at Ridgecrest, to lead us in worship, is Elizabeth Stewart

Elizabeth is the worship leader for GraceLife Church in Charlotte, North Carolina. She holds a B.A. in music from Hunter College, New York. She serves as the Artistic Director for Ken Boa’s Reflections Ministries and is currently pursuing a Master’s in Biblical and Theological Studies through Dallas Theological Seminary. 

She is a classically trained pianist, song writer, music instructor, wife, and mother to her two young sons, William and John.



Joining Elizabeth will be Eliza Johnson. She graduated from the SC Governor's School for the Arts and Humanities, and holds music performance degrees from the University of South Carolina and Arizona State University. She currently performs with Opera Carolina and Rock Hill Symphony. Eliza and her husband live in Charlotte, NC with their daughter, Annie.



Workshop topics, tapping the experience and expertise of fellow caregivers, currently include:

  • In the Beginning: Principles for Starting and Running a Ministry
  • Pathways to Keep you Sharp - Ecclesiastes 10:10
  • Marketing and Branding your Ministry
  • Choosing Peace in Contentious Conversations
  • The Millennials are Coming! Time for shutdown or succession?
  • Gleaning Best Practices for Retreat Ministry: What Do You Do When . . . ?

Look for more details coming soon.