Fall Cohort, The Art of Well Being

From the Office of Clergy Excellence

This course is designed for leaders in ministry who wish to optimize personal wellbeing so that positive energy and creativity are supported and sustained, even in times of disruption and turbulence.

The Art of WellBeing utilizes a “coach approach”process in which the primary resource is the internal wisdom and expertise of participants rather than prescriptions from a teacher. Group process and individual coaching sessions will make use of inquiry and response to generate greater self-awareness and clarity about each participant’s overall wellbeing. Each will discern and make choices which best fit their current context and season of life.

By the end of the course, participants will design a personalized wellbeing action plan (aka Rule of Life for WellBeing) which is specific and measurable, courageous yet realistic. The result of small steps practiced over time creates a transformative trajectory.

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What’s Included?


  • 11 Hours of Coaching
  • Peer Group Learning Sessions—Six bi-weekly 90-minute group Zoom sessions will introduce evidence-based lifestyle themes along with opportunities for discernment and fruitful conversation
  • Individual Coaching Calls— Participants will schedule two individual coaching sessions in which Vicki will partner with you to discern, make choices, and design a Rule of Life to cultivate your chosen habits of wellbeing.
  • Teaching Videos and Worksheets - Bi-weekly around a particular wellbeing theme.



  • Peer Group Learning Sessions will begin Thursday, September 23, 2021 and continue bi-weekly for six sessions (Oct 7, Oct 21, Nov 4, Nov 18, & Dec 2)
  • There will be two group session options via ZOOM: 10-11:30 a.m. or 12:30-2:00 p.m. CST (Choose morning or afternoon)
  • Individual coaching calls will be scheduled at the participant’s convenience. 

Topics Covered

  • The Practice of Receptivity: creating small habits for restoration and renewal
  • The Practice of Body Care: what needs to change in your patterns of eating, sleeping, and moving?
  • The Practice of Connection: Simple ways to strengthen relationships with family, friends, wise guides, and supportive community
  • The Practice of Creativity: reimagining the ordinary with playfulness, curiosity, and courage
  • Practicing a Rule of Life: The transformative power for wellbeing of small steps, consistently chosen, over time
  • The Practice of Purpose: how identifying deeper meaning and gaining clarity about life purpose contributes to overall wellbeing


Our Coach Leader

Rev. Dr. Vicki Johnson
Rev. Dr. Vicki Johnson served for 30 years in the United Methodist Church in a wide variety of ministry settings — small and middle sized churches, clergy couple co-pastorate, associate pastor on a large church staff, district superintendent, and nine years as senior pastor of a growing, community-focused, downtown church.

Through her current work as an ICF certified clergy coach and coach trainer, Vicki pursues her passion for helping churches and pastors flourish. A dedicated life-long learner, Vicki is also trained and certified as an interim ministry specialist, spiritual director, and yoga instructor.

Now residing in East Texas, she enjoys pilgrimage travel, healthy cooking, reading historical fiction, mountain biking and hiking. Together, she and her husband Roger, have 7 children and 9 grandchildren.

The Art of WellBeing is the fruit of Vicki’s long-time interest and continued personal journey toward spiritual, emotional, relational, and physical wellbeing.

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