Peer power: Cultivating clergy communities of practice and training for peer group facilitators, May 2015

May 05, 2015 - May 06, 2015 | Pastoral Excellence Network

8:30 am - 5:00 pm


Mercy Center

2300 Adeline Drive

Burlingame, CA, 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 second day of the retreat will focus on facilitator training to build 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 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, May 5, 2015

8:30 am   Registration
9:00 am   Welcome and worship
9:30 am   Introducing clergy peer learning
10:45 am   Break
11:00 am   Experiencing a clergy community of practice
11:45 am   Questions and next steps
Noon   Lunch
1:00 pm   Workshop session one (Workshop descriptions (PDF, 235 KB))
2:30 pm   Break
2:45 pm   Workshop session two (Workshop descriptions (PDF, 235 KB))
4:15 pm   Questions and next steps
5:00 pm   Closing
6:00 pm   Dinner
Free evening    

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

9:00 am        Welcome and worship
9:30 am   Training for clergy group facilitators
10:30 am   Break
10:45 am   Facilitator training, continued
Noon   Lunch
1:00 pm   Facilitator training, continued
2:10 pm   Break
2:25 pm   Resourcing your clergy group program
Questions and next steps
2:45 pm   Commissioning and blessing
3:30 pm   Adjourn

Overnight accommodations will be available on May 4 and May 5, 2015, if needed.

This training is being offered in multiple locations nationwide at different times. Check our Events page for other listings.


Cost: There are two packages available.
• Overnight Package (two days of training, two nights at the retreat center, all meals for the duration of the event, plus program materials): $200
• Commuter Package (two days of training, meals for the duration of the event, plus program materials): $100

REGISTERRegistration deadline: April 27, 2015

Contact: Willie Sordillo


Phone: 508-405-1850

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