Group tools

All things new: A fable of renewal

All things new: A fable of renewal, a resource developed by the Reformed Church in America, introduces pastors to the benefits of belonging to a Pastors Network, the term the RCA uses for clergy peer learning groups. Groups of five to seven pastors meet monthly to develop a caring, constructive community in which they can talk with one another about the joys and challenges of ministry. Pastors find that over time the networks enable them to explore questions like: What does a safe place where you can be fully known and loved look like? What are the events and people that helped form you as a person and a pastor? What does it mean to you to grow in faith? To be fully alive? To be authentic in ministry? To listen intentionally for God’s voice and direction? At the All things new webpage you can download a free copy of the book and the study guide from which these questions were adapted and hear an interview with author Rodger Price in which he talks about the difference that coaching, another facet of the RCA program, makes in the lives of pastors and lay people.

Clergy peer group resource

Looking for a conversation starter for your clergy peer group? Consider these questions as you reflect together on a recent season in your ministry. Get this resource for A focused conversation on this season of my ministry (PDF, 550 KB).

Congregational Resource Guide

The Congregational Resource Guide (CRG) is an online tool designed to help leaders of congregations find the right resources to address their challenges and opportunities. The newly enhanced CRG includes a "Workspaces" section where you can save your searches, share information, and engage in conversations with others on a topic of mutual interest. The CRG is a program of the Center for Congregations and is funded by Lilly Endowment Inc.

Practice: Using queries to assess your clergy group

Quakers have a practice of using “queries” for reflection and engaged practice. Here are some queries (PDF, 152 KB) to be used by clergy groups or clergy group facilitators for periodic review and renewal of the group’s process.

Three dimensions of clergy community of practice

We may be engaged in a community of practice without calling it that. A clergy community of practice is one that is intentionally focused on learning how to do better what we do as we interact and gather wisdom from the perspectives and practices of others in the group. Read about the three necessary and interacting dimensions of a community of practice (PDF, 180 KB).