Peer power: Cultivating clergy communities of practice

Oct 28, 2014 - Oct 29, 2014 | Pastoral Excellence Network

8:30 am - 5:00 pm


Retreat and Conference Center at Bon Secours

1525 Marriottsville Road

Marriottsville, MD, USA

Why are pastors who are members of peer learning groups more effective leaders? What are the foundational practices and distinctive approaches for designing and sustaining clergy groups as communities of practice? Peer Power will offer presentations and workshops drawing on a broad mix of perspectives, foundational practices, and direct experiences of clergy peer learning approaches as we explore these questions.

The Pastoral Excellence Network is building a network of organizations committed to excellence in pastoral ministry. We endeavor to sustain and amplify the impact that Lilly Endowment Inc. initiated through the Transition into Ministry (TiM) and Sustaining Pastoral Excellence (SPE) programs. We seek to help churches and church-related organizations provide opportunities for pastors to find support and learning throughout their professional lives. We work with congregations and organizations to help new pastors get the best possible start in ministry and equip experienced pastors with practices that will sustain their vital ministry, particularly through peer learning groups.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

8:30 am   Coffee and registration
9:00 am   Worship
9:30 am   Introduction to clergy communities of practice and the foundational practices
Chris Braudaway-Bauman and Lawrence Peers, Pastoral Excellence Network
10:15 am   Break
11:00 am   A community of practice experience and reflection
Noon   Lunch
1:00 pm   Workshop series one (Workshop titles and descriptions (PDF, 220 KB))
2:30 pm   Break
2:45 pm   Workshop series two (Workshop titles and descriptions (PDF, 220 KB))
4:15 pm   Next steps, questions, etc.
5:00 pm   End

Wednesday, October 29, 2014 (optional)

An optional second day of Facilitator Training is offered on Wednesday, October 29, from 8:30 am to 3:00 pm for those who want to learn and practice skills used in facilitating clergy peer learning groups. This is designed for potential facilitators, group members who rotate facilitative roles, and those who train and provide support to facilitators.

The Retreat Center at Bon Secours is situated on a breathtaking 300-acre property less than 30 minutes from the BWI airport. Amenities include walking paths, a labyrinth, a peace garden and a chapel, as well as 70 beautiful guest suites with private baths and Wi-Fi. The Pastoral Excellence Network is underwriting much of the costs of this event to make it affordable.

Space for this event is limited, so please register early. We encourage you to come in teams of two or more.

Peer Power, October 28: breakfast, lunch, and dinner, plus overnight accommodations on Oct. 27, if desired (if you arrive by 6 pm, Oct. 27, dinner is also provided)

• Peer Power, Oct. 28 only, no overnight accommodations: $50
• Peer Power, Oct. 28 with overnight accommodations Oct. 27: $100

Facilitator Training, October 29: breakfast, lunch, plus overnight accommodations on Oct. 28, if desired (if you arrive by 6 pm, Oct. 28, dinner is also provided)

• Facilitator Training, Oct. 29 only, no overnight accommodations: $50
• Facilitator Training, Oct. 29 with overnight accommodations Oct. 28: $100

Register Registration deadline: October 13

Contact: Willie Sordillo


Phone: 508-405-1850

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