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The best leaders feel as much as they know – CCH helps ministers recognize the importance of emotional context in decision-making and how to improve overall communication with congregations and fellow clergy.

Emotional intelligence refers to the ability to manage our emotions as we seek to govern our environment successfully. Emotional intelligence is key to good leadership and effective ministry. It has a huge impact on an individual’s ability to form and maintain effective relationships, and it plays a vital role in how we respond to and manage conflict. Some experts believe Emotional Intelligence is a better predictor of life success than IQ. The good news is that, unlike IQ, emotional intelligence can improve with training and practice.

The Center for Congregational Health offers emotional intelligence workshops for learning about emotion and how to use it to enhance leadership and ministry. Clergy and lay leaders who can gauge and manage their own emotions, read them in others, and use emotions to lead, teach and motivate will be more healthy and effective.

The Center for Emotional Intelligence and Human Relations Training, a partner institution of the Center, provides leaders with this in-depth training, including self-awareness and relationship development and management.

Workshops include:

  • Assessments of a leader’s level of emotional intelligence
  • Strategies for improving emotional intelligence
  • Instructions on how to integrate thinking and feeling for more effective decision-making
  • Explanations on how emotions impact ministry and congregational life
  • Discussions regarding the links between emotional intelligence, family systems and conflict management strategies