Peer power: Cultivating clergy communities of practice and training for peer group facilitators, January 2016

Jan 27, 2016 - Jan 28, 2016 | Pastoral Excellence Network

8:30 am - 5:00 pm


Canterbury Retreat & Conference Center (Near Orlando)

1601 Alfaya Trail

Oviedo, FL, USA

What are the foundational practices and distinctive approaches for designing and sustaining clergy groups as communities of practice? Why are pastors who are members of peer learning groups more effective leaders? 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. This event is designed for potential facilitators, group members who rotate facilitative roles, and those who train and provide support to facilitators (national denominational offices, middle judicatories, seminaries, and other organizations). This training will build skills used in facilitating clergy peer learning groups. 

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.

The agenda (PDF, 82 KB) for both days is available for review.

Please review the workshop descriptions (PDF, 262 KB) before registering, as you will be asked to select two as part of the registration process.

Overnight accommodations on January 26 and January 27, 2016 are included in the registration fee. Please note: the accommodations begin the night before the training begins. An option for commuters is available.

This training will be facilitated by Lawrence Peers, Director of Learning, Pastoral Excellence Network, and the following workshop leaders: 
Debora Jackson, Executive Director, Ministers Council, ABCUSA
Kelli Walker-Jones, Center Director, Triangle Pastoral Counseling
Cathy Wille, Pastoral Counselor
Craig Gilliam, Director, Center for Pastoral Excellence, LA Conference, UMC
Israel Galindo, Associate Dean for Lifelong Learning, Columbia Theological Seminary

Costs: There are three packages available.
• Overnight Package (two days of training, two nights at the retreat center, meals for the duration of the event, plus program materials): $200
• Commuter Package (two days of training, meals, plus program materials): $100
• Group Discount. Groups of 4 or more people from the same organization are eligible to receive a refund of 1/2 of their registration costs when following the instructions below. Please note: the group discount offer is subject to availability at the retreat site, so we encourage you to register early while there are plenty of rooms available to insure your ability to qualify.
1. Each person in the group needs to register using our online registration form.
2. A designated organizer from the group needs to send an email to Willie Sordillo ( identifying the registered individuals in the group.
3. Once the email has been received, the individuals in the group will receive a refund for half of the amount paid at registration.

For more information about the Canterbury Retreat & Conference Center, please visit its website at
We are not able to offer a refund for cancellations made 14 days or less prior to the event.

RegisterRegistration deadline: January 8, 2016

Contact: Willie Sordillo


Phone: 508-405-1850

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