I regularly preach, teach, and consult with non-profit organizations, congregations, presbyteries, synods, CPE (clinical pastoral education) sites, and seminaries throughout the United States. I’m available for workshops, conferences, lectures, and other events. My so-called “areas of expertise” emerge from my research, writing, teaching, and practical training. My speaking and consultation are grounded in real-life experience.

Areas of Expertise

  • Transforming Conflict from the Inside Out
  • Leading through Church Conflict
  • Nonviolent (Compassionate) Communication
  • Pastoral Care and Counseling
  • Self-Care for Leaders
  • Cultivating Communities of Care
  • Connecting Across Differences
  • Developing Small-Group Ministries

Recent and Upcoming Events (Partial)

  • August 5-9, 2013: Transforming Conflict from the Inside Out: Practicing Compassionate Communication (Luther Seminary, St. Paul, MN). For more information and to register for this continuing education course
  • May 15-18, 2013: Pastor as Person (Western Theological Seminary, Holland, MI)
  • January 9, 2013: Preventing Clergy Sexual Misconduct (Western Theological Seminary, Holland, MI)
  • November 17, 2012: Connecting Across Differences (St. Phillip’s Lutheran Church, Fridley, MN)
  • November 7, 2012: Nonviolent Communication in Pastoral Care (University of Minnesota Fairview Hospital, CPE program)
  • November 6, 2012: Transforming Conflict from the Inside Out (Vancouver Presbytery, British Columbia, via skype)
  • September 22, 2012: Compassionate Leadership in Action: Building Communities of Care (Calvary Lutheran Church, Eagan, MN)
  • August 13-15, 2012: Women in Ministry (continuing education event, Luther Seminary, St. Paul, MN)
  • August 6-10, 2012: Leading from the Heart (continuing education event, Luther Seminary, St. Paul, MN)
  • July 8-14, 2012: Building Communities of Care (Vancouver School of Theology, British Columbia)
  • May 3, 2012: Walking toward Despair: The Power of Empathy in Youth Ministry (Holland, MI)
  • April 30, 2012: Abundant Living: Staying Connected to God, Self, and Others (ELCA Parish Nurses Association, Minneapolis, MN)
  • April 13, 2012: Attuned to the Living, Sacred Text: Insights from Interpersonal Neurobiology for Practical Theology (Association of Practical Theology, Princeton, NJ)
  • March 28, 2012: Transforming Conflict from the Inside Out (Northeastern Seminary Conference on Ministry Lecture Series, Rochester, NY)