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Thrival Kit

Dear Friends,

It is with great pleasure that this book is given to you. We are all part of a connectional system in which clergy, spouses, and children are linked together in a common journey toward a single goal of ministering to the people of Florida . This Thrival Kit is intended to be a guide to use as we make our way through the paths that we travel. It does not determine where we travel nor does it set the rules for our journey. It is a reminder that we do not journey alone, but are a part of the sisterhood and brotherhood that makes up the Florida Conference of the United Methodist Church . We hope that it will be a tool that you will use to find ways to enjoy our own particular callings and find fulfillment, as we are faithful to whom we are and become who God calls us to be.

The Thrival Kit is a resource notebook provided to clergy families. It deals with concerns and issues surrounding various family situations as well as information about the connection and procedures for the Florida Conference. This is to be used as a resource, as enrichment to the life of clergy families, and a springboard in which these issues may become topics of discussion in our families and among our peers. When we begin to develop genuine care and concern for each other and openly discuss common issues, healing can occur where there are hurts and we gather tremendous support in the ministry. This book is one way in which we want to let you know that we appreciate all that clergy families do for the church and we care about your emotional, physical, mental, and spiritual well being. As you read this, be assured that you are in our prayers. After all, we are all in this together.

This is a project of the cabinet mates of the Florida Conference who all strongly support the families of the clergy. A special note of gratitude is given to Beth Curry and Cathy Blomquist, who compiled all of the articles and edited them. Only through their work is this complete in such a short period of time.

In the Service of Christ,
Melba Whitaker


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