Every Christian carries emotional baggage…..
Stuff that’s hidden below the surface…
Stuff that impacts their daily lives in negative ways.
Stuff they wish they could get rid of.
Stress is a fact of life.
Each of us handles stress in our own unique way. Sometimes that is positive…….and sometimes our methods are less than stellar. We can find ourselves in situations where we ask ourselves – “Why did I react that way?”Have you noticed that certain situations evoke strong responses from you that are hurtful to family, friends or co-workers? Sarcasm……..anger……….withdrawal from others…………people pleasing…………criticism.…..These are just a few of the ways we try to cope. These responses are rooted in our reactions to hurtful experiences earlier in our lives. They become automatic responses. At some point they were useful in helping us cope with life……but eventually they no longer work. Because they are no longer effective, we experience emotional and even physical symptoms often leading to anxiety and depression.There comes a point in time when we need to look beneath the surface of our lives and deal with our unfinished business.
What are Unfinished Business groups?
A Christ-centered journey that helps participants thoughtfully address dysfunctional behaviors, gently attend to emotional upheaval, wisely deal with false beliefs and lovingly ease emotional and spiritual wounds.
Unfinished Business groups are designed for those who are committed to personal growth and spiritual healing.
The Ministry of Unfinished Business…….is based on formational prayer – a ministry of the Holy Spirit facilitated by a Christian caregiver, bringing the Healing Presence of Jesus Christ into the place of pain and brokenness within a wounded person.
….. provides an environment where hurting Christians and ministry leaders can explore their “unfinished business” and experience healing in Christ in an environment of safety, compassion and thoughtfulness.
Unfinished Business Small Groups
Small groups of 3 – 8 participants meet for 14 sessions (2 – 3 hours) over a 4 to 5 month period. Each Group Session includes a teaching component, an experiential component and a spiritual component.
What am I committing to as a participant?
- Faithful attendance
- Active participation
Next Unfinished Business Group
Cost: $265 plus curriculum (For pastors/church leaders and spouses this is a suggested donation only)
Please contact us to register or for more information.
Cathy Gates, RN B.Sc.N. M.A. Strategic Leadership
Cathy brings leadership experience in both the church and a national clergy support network. She is a seasoned small group leader and workshop presenter. Cathy is the founder of Thrive Ministries, a ministry focused on resourcing pastors to build lives that thrive. Cathy brings a heart of brokenness, compassion, transparency, and humility that creates an environment of safety and Spirit-filled grace for healing. She holds a Certificate of Formational Prayer from Ashland Theological Seminary, Ashland,Ohio.
Formational Prayer Advisory Group
Donna Thomas DMin.
Donna is an adjunct instructor at Ashland. Theological Seminary, Ashland, Ohio where she teaches and advises in the Formational Counseling track of the doctor of ministry program. Dr. Thomas also serves in Care and Prayer Ministries as well as Outreach Ministries at her local church, Park Street Brethren Church, Ashland, Ohio. Dr. Thomas is married with three adult children and six grandchildren.
Rev. Chris And Carolyn Schroeder