Leading Healthy Ministry

In Ecclesiastes, Solomon noted the importance of proper portions in life in order to maintain steadiness in life and in ministry. Balance is sought after by many, but difficult to attain. All too often our ideal for self-mastery, discipline and time management disappears in the daily grind of the urgent. Using the latest research, this cohort provides a comprehensive understanding of stress in ministry and explores the causes and nature of stress, along with effective coping strategies to maintain balance everyday. Participants in this cohort will:

  • Concentrate on the health of a leader by exploring the various factors that comprise personal and vocational health.
  • Apply systems thinking to organizational structures, understanding its relationship to congregational and organizational health and its role in assessment and restoration.
  • Discuss various transitional events and learn strategies for successful navigation.
  • Promote health within the leader, as participants consider and implement spiritual, emotional, physical and relational practices.
  • Produce a Ministry Transformation Project (dissertation).

Questions? Meet a member of the D.Min team in a weekly webinar session at asbury.to/eluncheon. Begin your Asbury journey at asbury.to/apply.

Cohort Syllabi

DMLHM915 Seminar I Understanding Stress in Ministry
DMLHM916 Seminar II The Healthy Leader
DMLHM917 Seminar III Systems-Thinking for Healthy Ministry
DMLHM918 Seminar IV Dynamics of Healthy Ministry


tony_headley_150Since 1990, Dr. Anthony J. Headley has served as professor of counseling at Asbury Theological Seminary. He is an ordained elder in the Free Methodist Church and has pastored churches in the USA and Caribbean. He is also a licensed psychologist in Kentucky. His formal interest in self-care and the health of ministers goes back almost 30 years when he began his training in psychology and family studies at the University of Kentucky (UK). At UK, he completed masters degrees in counseling psychology, family studies and a PhD in counseling psychology. During this period, he also served as a National Institutes of Mental Health Trainee in the Behavioral Science Department, College of Medicine at UK and was awarded a certificate in medical behavioral science. For the last 25 years Dr. Headley has brought this training to bear on the health and wellness of ministers and churches through speaking, consulting and writing. He has conducted seminars and retreats, as well as written books, on health-related issues for clergy nationally and internationally.

Dr. Steve StrattonGrowing up as the eldest son in a United Methodist pastoral family, Dr. Steve Stratton “caught” the importance of self care and family care in the midst of parish care. Now a licensed psychologist and Professor of Counseling and Pastoral Care, he “teaches” pastors and counselors how to care for self, family and parish in a way that makes space for God to move. He has provided health care services to adolescents and adults in hospitals, community mental health centers, and college student services since 1983. Dr. Stratton’s publishing and presenting are typically in the areas of forgiveness, contemplative and meditational practices, relational attachments and interpersonal neurobiology, and the growth of sexual identity in college populations. In 2010, he was named “Psychologist of the Year” by the Kentucky Psychological Association for his work in psychology and the state community.