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Spiritual and leadership renewal for mid-career clergy
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5/2/2016 to 5/5/2016
When: Monday, May 2, 2016
Where: Pendle Hill
338 Plush Mill Road
United States
Contact: Rev. Lawrence Peers

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Each season of ministry has its own rewards and challenges. By the time we are mid-career, we are facing some questions, decisions and discernment that would have never occurred to us when we began our ministries. How we navigate and respond to this critical period of ministry has an impact on our personal, spiritual and ministerial lives.

Mid-career is a particular threshold in ministry which may sometimes feel age-related or related to where you are in your own professional development. Mid-career can feel as if you are "in the middle" of your ministry, with some years behind you and not yet at the finish line. You get to self-define it.

In this retreat, we will engage in presentations, personal and small group reflections, and spiritual practices that will allow you to listen deeply to our own gathered wisdom and to the emerging imagination of your ministry—so that you might discern next steps. There will be pre-readings and self-assessments prior to the retreat. During this retreat, we’ll provide some time for appreciating the contemplative, springtime atmosphere of Pendle Hill, a Quaker center for study and contemplation. Limited to 18 participants.

Lawrence Peers is Director of Learning of the Pastoral Excellence Network. His teaching has been honed through his extensive background which draws on his expertise in organizational dynamics, clinical and spiritual psychology, and coaching. He has often worked with clergy during times of change or life/career transition. Larry leads training for clergy group facilitators, clergy coaches and mentors. His background includes serving as a senior consultant with the Alban Institute, a director of education & research with a national denominational office, a manager of organizational learning in a not-for-profit, a minister in a congregation and a therapist. He has masters degrees in psychology and theology, and doctoral degrees in Congregational Studies from Hartford Seminary and in Organizational Change from Pepperdine University.

Debora Jackson is Executive Director of the Ministers Council, American Baptist Churches in the USA. Prior to her appointment, Debora served as the Senior Pastor of the First Baptist Church in Needham, MA. Having previously held numerous corporate leadership positions, she has served as a Chief Operating Officer, Chief Information Officer and an independent consultant. She is the author of the Judson Press book Spiritual Practices for Effective Leadership: 7R’s of Sanctuary for Pastors.

Event cost: The cost is $500. This registration fee covers the cost of single occupancy room, board and materials for this retreat. This program is subsidized by the Pastoral Excellence Network. A limited number of commuter registrations are available. The commuter registration fee of $250 includes the lunch and dinner, materials and training. We cannot offer refunds for cancellations made 14 days or less from the start of the retreat.


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