Big Sigh Ministries offers Grace Break Workshops in 2017

February 8, 2017

Nine times out of ten, renewal leaves are not sought after by clergy or their district leaders until a crisis situation.  We at Big Sigh Ministries are changing the conversation from burnout crisis to prevention and ministry resilience with our GRACE BREAK program. Through this informative program, we help clergy dream and plan ahead for renewal leaves; we educate church Staff and Pastor Parish Relations Committees as to the unique numerous stressors clergy face, the real threat of compassion fatigue in their clergy, as well as the win-win benefits when a pastor takes renewal time away and returns refreshed, renewed, rested and re-connected with God. GRACE BREAK:  Planning Your Renewal Leave.  Due to a generous grant from the WNCC Leadership Development Team, the cost to clergy is only $25 to participate in one of these events.  All 2017 workshops will be held at the Catholic Conference Center in Hickory, NC, from 9am-3pm.  Please register and pay online, or complete the form (download below) and mail to Big Sigh Ministries.

Tuesday, March 14 (Registration deadline:  March 4th)

Tuesday, May 16 (Registration deadline:  May 6th)

Tuesday, September 12 (Registration deadline:  September 2nd)

GRACE BREAK:  Caring for Our Pastor.  This is a small group study written by Big Sigh Ministries’ founders, Reverends Jack and Jacqueline Tookey.  This five session study includes topics such as:  Jesus’ Pattern for Ministry, External and Internal Stressors and Pressures of Ministry, Compassion Fatigue, Ministry Resilience, Christian Accountability and the Nuts and Bolts of Renewal Leaves.  Jacqueline and Jack can come to your church or district (if several SPRC/PPRCs come together) and facilitate this study.  Please contact Jacqueline at to schedule your leadership team for this small group experience. Churches and pastors who complete the GRACE BREAK programs can jointly apply for Renewal Leave micro-grants:  $1300 for three-month pulpit supply and $500 towards the pastor’s leave expenses.  Please contact Jacqueline for more information. DOWNLOAD FLYER AND REGISTRATION FORM