Minister's Conference

Emotional Intelligence
for Leaders

January 20-22, 2020
Sjogren Retreat Center
Carol Joy Holling Camp


Pastors, deacons, youth ministers, lay leaders and all church professionals in leadership roles at a church will not want to miss the 2020 Minister's Conference! During this 48-hour gathering of leaders, you will have the chance to add to your ministry tool belt with colleagues from across the region. Additionally, it can count for 13 hours of continuing education credit.

Conference Theme: Emotional Intelligence for Leaders 

We know that emotional intelligence is important in our interactions with others and our personal development. At the 2020 Minister’s Conference, you will have the intentional time to dive into your specific leadership strengths and growth areas with the Emotional Quotient Inventory (EQ-I 2.0) and learn more about how you interact with the world through the Enneagram. With Marty Malley and Eric Purcell’s leadership, you will:

  • Increase your understanding of emotional intelligence and its role in effective leadership.

  • Understand your personal EQ-I 2.0 Leadership Report.

  • Discover how the Enneagram shapes your motivations, unique strengths, and core vulnerabilities.

  • Identify specific areas of emotional intelligence that you wish to develop.

Conference Presenter: Marty Malley & Eric Percell

Marty Malley is the owner of Shrinking Borders LLC, a company he formed after retiring from corporate work. He is a seasoned executive with broad leadership experience in corporate and military settings. He is trained in Co-Active coaching, is a Certified Emergenetics Associate, certified in the MHS EQi 2.0 and EQ360 emotional intelligence assessments, as well as the ValueMatch family of values and workplace culture instruments. He designed and co-leads the “How, Then, Will I Lead” program for rostered ministers of the Nebraska Synod.  He facilitated Defining Leadership for Men, a program of the Instituted for Career Advancement Needs in Omaha for several years. He also volunteers as Tanzania Ministries Coordinator for the Nebraska Synod and is Treasurer at Messiah Lutheran Church in Ralston. His passion is for improving the quality of leadership in the U.S. and developing countries while working to make the world a smaller place.


Eric Purcell's passion is to connect people to the good they are made to do in the world! Whether he's starting initiatives like Gifford Park Soccer Camp, running the Myrtle & Cypress Coffeehouse he cofounded, leading a workshop, or coaching a leader, his deepest desire is to help people live fully connected to themselves, to God, and their vocation. He's followed in his pastor and missionary parent's footsteps and has served in full-time ministry for 18 years as a pastor and missionary. Eric graduated from Midland Lutheran College in 2003 and holds a Master's degree in Theology from Creighton University. Along with his wife Lisa and three children, Norah, Brennen, and Lachlan, Eric lives and ministers in the Gifford Park neighborhood in Omaha, Nebraska.


Monday, January 20:
5:00 p.m.       Check In
6:00 p.m.       Dinner
7:00 p.m.       Session 1: Intro to Emotional 
Intelligence with Marty Malley

8:30 p.m.       Evening Fellowship

Tuesday, January 21:

7:30 a.m.       Breakfast

8:15 a.m.       Devotion

8:30 a.m.       Session 2: Emotional Intelligence for Leaders with Marty Malley

12:00 p.m.     Lunch

12:30 p.m.     Free Time

3:30 p.m.       Session 3: Foundations of Enneagram with Eric Purcell

6:00 p.m.       Dinner

7:00 p.m.       Session 4: Enneagram Dynamics with Eric Purcell

8:30 p.m.       Evening Fellowship

Wednesday, January 22:

7:30 a.m.       Breakfast

8:15 a.m.       Devotion

8:30 a.m.       Session 5: Relationships and Spirituality through Enneagram with Eric Purcell

10:30 a.m.     Q&A Session

11:15 a.m.     Morning Prayer

12:00 p.m.     Lunch

1:00 p.m.       Departure

Session Descriptions

Emotional Intelligence for Leaders with Marty Malley (Sessions 1-2)

Emotional intelligence is a set of emotional and social skills that influence the way we perceive and express ourselves, develop and maintain social relationships, and cope with challenges. This workshop will use the Emotional Quotient Inventory (EQ-i 2.0) from MHS, a leading provider of scientifically validated assessments for more than 30 years. The main goals of these sessions are to:

  • Increase your understanding of emotional intelligence and its role in effective leadership

  • Create understanding of emotional intelligence using the EQ-i 2.0 model as a platform

  • Enable you to understand your own EQ-i 2.0 Leadership Reports

  • Enable you to identify specific areas in your emotional intelligence that you wish to develop


The workshop will include an opportunity for personalized 1:1 coaching, either during the event or by phone after the event.

Enneagram Edge with Eric Purcell (Sessions 3-5)

The Enneagram is a system of nine personality types that offers a powerful window into our personal development, how we see the world, and how we can best interact with it. The Enneagram Edge Learning Lab helps us discover our deepest longings and core motivations, our unique strengths, and our core vulnerabilities. It is made up of four parts: Foundations, Dynamics, Relationship and Spirituality. Foundations introduces the nine enneagram types along with their core fear and motivations. Dynamics takes participants one step further and explores paths of health and dis-health. In Relationships we will see how the Enneagram helps us grow in empathy toward others and gives us ways to navigate conflict and strengthen bonds. The Spirituality portion of Enneagram Edge gives insight into how the Enneagram can be used as a tool to deepen spiritual growth and connection to God.


The cost for the Minister's Conference is $100 and includes an Enneagram workbook, EQi 2.0 profile, meals, programming, and lodging in a double occupancy room. If you would like a single occupancy room, you can upgrade for an additional $200 for a total of $300.


The Sjogren Retreat Center at Carol Joy Holling Camp will be home for this retreat. You'll enjoy rooms with two full beds, a desk and sink. There are also more than 300 acres of land to explore during your down-time and a top-notch kitchen to enhance your retreat experience!


If you have questions about the Minister's Conference, please contact Katherine Albin by email at or by phone at 402-944-2544.


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