Unfinished Business Groups

Next Unfinished Business Groups

Groups can be available in person or virtually.

  • September 2023 – Men’s Group
  • September 2023 – Women’s Group 

The Problem……..

Every Christian carries emotional baggage…..

Stuff that’s hidden below the surface…
Stuff that impacts our daily lives in negative ways.
Stuff we wish we 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 cause more harm than good.  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.

Wondering if you have some ‘Unfinished Business’?

What are Unfinished Business groups?

A Christ-centered spiritual formation journey that helps participants deepen their walk with the Lord as they address dysfunctional behaviors, ease emotional upheaval, deal with false beliefs and find healing from hurtful experiences in life and ministry.  Unfinished Business groups are designed for those who are committed to personal growth and spiritual healing.

The Ministry of Unfinished Business includes teaching, scripture, prayer, and experiential exercises led by trained caregivers to help participants become more self-aware of their underlying wounds and triggers, and more settled emotionally over time.  As they incorporate these practices into their daily lives they are empowered to continue on their journey toward wholeness and healing.  This group provides an environment where hurting pastors and ministry leaders can explore their “unfinished business” and experience healing and freedom in Christ in an environment of safety and compassion.

Topics include:

  •  Core longings – includes our dysfunctional responses to unmet longings in 4 categories: medicating the pain, self-protection, self-provision and punishment of self and others.
  • Our view of God and how that has been impacted by our family relationships during our formative years
  • Trust – includes discussion blind trust, passive mistrust, aggressive mistrust and perceptive trust.
  • Prayer steps toward healing – introduction to the structures of healing including the interplay of life situations, dysfunctional behaviors, emotional upheaval, lies and distortions and wounding in life
  • Dealing with dysfunctional behaviours – Identifying and addressing specific behaviors by power of the cross including steps of repentance.
  • Emotions can you trust them? Recognizing our emotions and the role they play in our behavior patterns.  Learning to lament (grieve) our losses.
  • False beliefs Identifying and renouncing personal false beliefs that impact us becoming grounded in the truth of our identity in Christ.
  • Healing wounds through prayer and the power of the cross.
  • Forgiveness

Unfinished Business Small Groups

Small groups of 3 – 6 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.  They are available online and in person.

 What am I committing to as a participant?

  • Faithful attendance
  • Active participation
  • Confidentiality

Next Unfinished Business Group

  • September 2023 – Both Men’s & Women’s Groups

Cost: $275 plus curriculum.
*there may be an additional venue cost for in-person groups when applicable

Please contact us to register or for more information.

Visit our Events page for group specific information and to REGISTER

Group Facilitators

Cathy Gates, 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 supporting the spiritual and personal vitality of pastors.  Cathy brings a heart of 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.

Dave Dion, Pastor

Dave brings over 25 years as an ordained minister serving as a pastor and assisting within different mission organizations.  He has been married for over 40 years to his wife Evelyn. They have 3 children and 2 grandchildren.  In his spare time he enjoys reading and travelling. Dave has received training in formational prayer through Healing Care Ministries (USA & Canada) He understands how brokenness can affect the life and leadership of a pastor. His heart is to see pastors and Christian leaders leading from a place of wholeness and deep connection to God.

Formational Prayer Advisory Group

Donna Thomas DMin.

Donna has retired from Ashland Theological Seminary, Ashland, Ohio where she taught and advised 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.

Carolyn Schroeder

Carolyn has many years of experience as a licensed counselor in Grand Rapids Michigan.  She and her late husband Chris spent several years as counselors with Shepherds Heart Ministry providing care for pastoral couples in crisis.

Liz Honeyford

Liz is the president of Healing Care Canada, a pastor and spiritual director with many years experience as a formational prayer caregiver.