PEN On-line course: Clergy group facilitator training

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When: Tuesdays, September 20, October 4, October 18, 2016; 2:00-3:30 pm EDT

Join us for an on-line course in three sessions focused on facilitating a clergy community of practice--an intentional clergy peer group for practice-based learning and support for facing challenges and emerging opportunities in religious leadership.

Based upon the Pastoral Excellence Network’s very successful two-day training, Peer Power: Cultivating Clergy Communities of Practice, this training will provide you with some perspectives and practices for launching and/or deepening your own work in facilitating and participating in clergy peer learning groups. In the on-line course, we will:

  1. Provide the rationale for why enhanced and focused clergy groups are needed at this juncture in the lives of our religious community and leaders;
  2. Summarize some of the key insights from the research on peer learning groups;
  3. Give a useable definition of clergy communities of practice and the distinctiveness from other clergy group formats;
  4. Learn how to develop a learning agenda in a group;
  5. Describe the role and practices of a clergy community of practice facilitator;
  6. Help you assess your learning and development needs as a facilitator;
  7. Describe the various formats for practice-based learning and support;
  8. Learn how to navigate some of the common dilemmas in clergy groups;
  9. Provide brief experiences from a designed clergy group to illustrate some potential practices;
  10. Introduce particular processes for enhancing virtual (on-line) groups;
  11. Help you understand how you might launch your own group.

Participants should plan to attend all three sessions, since each session builds upon the previous sessions. Handouts will be provided that will give you resources to utilize in your own efforts. All sessions will be recorded, so if you need to mess a session, we will send you a link to the recording.

Lawrence Peers is currently the Director of the Pastoral Excellence Network. Larry is dedicated to bringing intentional processes for on-going professional development and support to clergy across many faith traditions. Ever since completing his doctoral work on fostering communities of practices within and across religious organizations, he has continued that work through PEN and in other settings. Prior to helping to launch the Pastoral Excellence Network in 2013, he served as a senior consultant with the Alban Institute for eleven years, where he led clergy retreats and trainings, and provided consulting to congregations and other religious organizations. He also served the Pastoral Excellence Program in the Massachusetts Conference of the United Church of Christ. He brings a comprehensive approach to his work that incorporates his background and training in lifespan developmental psychology, organizational change, and leadership coaching. He has served at all levels of the church: as a minister in a local congregation, within a national denominational office and on the staff of a middle judicatory. Larry enjoys sharing his passion and expertise in cultivating communities of practice for clergy, middle judicatory and national staffs.

We are not able to offer a refund for cancellations made fewer than 14 days prior to the event.

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