Timothy Nicinski, BA, MA, COS, D.Min.
Dr. Timothy Nicinski is a pastor in the Greater New Jersey Annual Conference. He is presently appointed to the Sussex United Methodist Church after serving 13 years at Waterloo UMC. Tim is a bi-vocational pastor, additionally serving as chaplain at Centenary University and has spent his entire career in this manner. In 2017, he retired from the public sector having served a majority of that time in education and law enforcement. These positions have represented the entire continuum of responsibilities and roles, giving Tim a unique perspective on employer and employee dynamics.
While Tim has over 20 years of experience leading workshops and retreats in spirituality and mindfulness, his dissertation work drew his attention to the strain and exhaustion created by the “always on economy.” Since then, all his presentations have been developed to offer non-denominational spiritual practices and mindfulness exercises that provide relief to people experiencing the physical, emotional, and social struggles associated with employment.
There is no doubt that most people who slide
across the seat of a booth in a coffee shop or diner are not
expecting sage employment advice and wisdom from a guy
dressed in black and a liturgical collar. When most people
see me, they imagine a person who has quite the work
schedule, I mean most clergy are depicted as working one day
a week for an hour. I am not here to cry the blues about
overworked clergy and the stresses of church leadership. No,
instead I sit across from you as someone who has washed out
of more than my fair share of jobs and careers.
In the past, I would quickly point out the
people to blame for my failures. To be honest, time and
contemplation have taught me, I am much more a spiritual
wash out of those work experiences than the victim of poor
management and sub-par working conditions. I have come to
understand that my spiritual center was the problem when it
came to career choice and maintaining a sense of well-being
across decades and occupations.
I realized that I need to examine my center,
who I was, what I was about, and my life as it relates to
work more than the supplemental factors to employment to
fully understand myself.