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SPIRITUALITY FOR SUSTAINABILITY COHORTS

investing in Anchorage leaders' heads, hearts, and hands

We believe social service providers and ministry leaders who practice self-care and wellness—in particular those who take care of the spiritual part of themselves—experience a lower rate of burnout and turnover while performing better in their work.

Our focus is strengthening the social service and faith sectors by developing individuals' spiritual health towards sustainability in their work, and therefore strengthening the health of the organization and the quality of service for those being served.

We provide essential training and create communities of support amongst direct service providers in social service organizations or amongst ministry leaders in churches and other faith-based organizations. 

Regardless of how you define spirituality or the extent to which you consider yourself a spiritual person,

Everyone has a spirituality; it is not an optional part of being human.

Social Service Cohorts: Our workshops and trainings apply a broad definition of spirituality, allowing individuals to apply principles of teaching and practices to their own spirituality. We nurture an environment where all traditions and journeys are welcome.

Faith Organizations: Our workshops and trainings are rooted in the Christian tradition. We nurture an environment where all denominations or streams of faith are welcome.
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Build Community &

Cultivate Affinity 

The emphasis on self-care and spirituality is often on the individual. However, the work in your organization (and all of life) is not done solo but in relationship.

 

Developing one’s spirituality in a group:

  • Reflects the reality of work and life

  • Provides broad support in personal health and work

  • Creates a community that will foster a culture of spirituality as part of self-care and wellness in the organization

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Foster Spiritual

Formation

Spiritual formation is the process of continually being shaped by your beliefs and values. Spiritual practices are the formative spaces we slow down to reflect and discern how we are going to respond to and act in the world with intentionality.

Explore a menu of practices to respond to life and work in a healthy, wholistic way, including:

  • Meditation

  • Mindfulness Practices

  • Spiritual Direction

  • Contemplative Practices

  • Spiritual Disciplines

  • Community Formation

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Develop a 

"Spirituality from Below"

Our work can often cause a struggle or crisis of spirituality. Secondary trauma can be seen as carrying the darkness of what has been experienced with you, which can lead to apathy, despair, and burnout. 

A Spirituality from Below:

  • Developed from within the context of one's work and life

  • Provides a way of seeing and celebrating good news in hard places

  • Allows one to experience hope and be sustained, even within crisis.


what do cohorts do?

 
 
 


cohort specifics

Social service cohorts

  • Develop or deepen your understanding of the importance of mental, emotional, and spiritual formation to vocational sustainability.

  • Map the intersection between your personal and organizational "hurt, heart, and hope" toward developing tailored spiritual practices rooted in asset-based growth.

  • Discover the necessity of personal and communal spiritual formation for sustainable work.

  • Explore and experience an expansive range of spiritual practices and develop a personalized rhythm of practice.

  • Build a community of practice within your organization (or other similar organizations) to pursue sustainable rhythms, support each other in the work, and strengthen the overall core community within the organization or among similar organizations.

Consider cohorts for:

  • Direct Service Providers

  • Supervisor Teams

  • Support Staff

  • Organizational Leadership

ministry leader cohorts

  • Develop or deepen your understanding and practice of spirituality that transcends your vocation.

  • Map the intersection between your personal and organizational "hurt, heart, and hope" toward developing generative spiritual practices to expand and deepen your spiritual formation.

  • Discover the necessity of personal and communal spiritual formation for sustainable work.

  • Explore and experience an expansive range of spiritual practices and develop a personalized rhythm of practice.

  • Build a community of practice to pursue sustainable spiritual rhythms, support each other in the work, and strengthen the overall faith community. 

consider cohorts for:

  • Ministry Leader Peer Groups

  • Staff & Leadership Teams

  • Volunteer Teams

  • Small Groups

 


key details

Rate

$400-600 per person*

Cohort Size

10-20 persons*

*Rates per person depend on cohort size.


customizable design

Full Cohort

(25 hours/ 10 sessions)

  • Training and Formation

  • Printed Materials

  • Opening Intensive Meal

  • Gathering Hospitality 

Cohort Design

Cohort designs are flexible to accommodate the needs of your organization and to be as inclusive of as many staff as possible.

The following is an example of a traditional modal.

Opening

intensive

The opening intensive involves    three, three-hour sessions

over a three-day period

with facilitated discussion and engaging activities.

bi-monthly

check-ins

Six two-hour gatherings over a three-month period provide ongoing learning and support in building a community of practice.

Closing

intensive

The closing intensive is

one half-day session to launch

the community of practice and explore strategies for nurturing organizational culture.

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