The Clergy Support Group provides a safe encouraging environment where clergy share their faith and spirituality while they experience worry, irritability, loss of motivation, or fatigue in their daily life. This group will discuss coping strategies, share information, and find relief from isolation that may be experienced through life’s challenges. Meets via Zoom on the third Thursday of the month at 10:30am - noon. This group meets once month beginning in February through October.
Disclaimer: These are NOT therapy groups or intended to replace professional or in-depth counseling.
Due to COVID-19, support groups are meeting virtually. Groups are limited to 10 people/group.
Comments from previous Clergy Spiritual Support Group:
“I found the spiritual care and reflection so helpful during this difficult season.”
“The ability to share with other clergy as we journey together during a difficult time.”
“Having people in my life who knows life as a pastor was invaluable.”
Please contact Brenda at email@example.com for more information about joining the online support groups.
Information about our facilitators:
Rev. Brenda Sing-Ota is a licensed professional clinical counselor in Ohio and an ordained minister with the Disciples of Christ. As a therapist, she has helped people lead more satisfying lives over twenty-five years. Brenda served as an interim pastor in Cincinnati for a year and worked part-time as a spiritual care chaplain at Linder Center of Hope, a mental health hospital for almost three years. She has interned as a chaplain in a senior community, Twin Towers and Twin Lakes in Cincinnati, and at Kettering Medical Center. Brenda earned her Master of Divinity in pastoral care and counseling at Cincinnati Christian University, and her Master's degree from San Francisco State University in Counseling, specializing in marriage family, and child and college and career counseling.
Rev. Merlyn Winters is currently serving Greenfield Christian Church in Greenfield, IN. She is from Columbus, Ohio though currently residing in Greenfield, IN. She was born in Karachi, Pakistan and spent the first part of her life there. She moved to the U.S. in 1975 and has been here ever since.
She was ordained in 2010 and has served two churches in Ohio prior to accepting her current call in Indiana. Merlyn has completed her Spiritual Director Internship at Our Lady of Grace Monastery in Beech Grove, IN (2010). She has her M.Div. from Christian Theological Seminary, graduating in 2010.
Merlyn was married for over two decades and is mother to one grown son and grandmother to one teenage granddaughter. She enjoys listening deeply to what people convey about themselves. These days she is focused on paying attention to music and improving her singing ability.