Classic Training Series
Part I: The Gathering
The first event in the series, “The Gathering,” invites pastors to meet in a restful retreat setting from a Monday evening until mid- afternoon on a Thursday. The specific objectives of The Gathering are listed below. Participating pastors will be renewed through:
- Immersion in a worshipping community as the heart of the program’s experience through the praying of the Daily Office.
- Affirmation of pastoral vocation, reflection and refreshment for ongoing pastoral work by exploring the essential habits and practice of the classic care of souls and the application of Christian counseling concepts.
- Enhancement of personal skills through didactic and discussion models to sharpen professional competencies essential to the art of counsel and care.
- Cultivation of essential tools and strategies for responding to the burgeoning personal needs of today’s parishioners.
- Developing peer groups of pastors to sharpen skills in addressing matters of congregational casuistry from the perspective of shepherding souls.
- Creation of ongoing mentoring and coaching relationships between participants and consulting theologians and/or psychologists.
- Provision for facilitated conversations among pastor participants for interpersonal support and encouragement (the mutual conversation and consolation of brothers).
- Renewal of personal pastoral habits in prayer, meditation and ongoing pastoral growth.
- Consultation, help and healing for emotional and/or spiritual concerns.
Part II: The Encore
Typically within four to six months after “The Gathering,” the pastors return for the second part of the program experience, “The Encore,” bringing with them at least one officer or lay leader from their parish (pastors may bring additional lay leaders at cost). “The Encore,” meeting Friday evening through Sunday afternoon, addresses the following goals:
- Pastor and laity are immersed into a community where worship punctuates the day and night; the Word is preached, prayers are prayed and hymns are sung. The rhythm of worship provides laity with a renewed appreciation for the riches of the church’s sacred music and liturgical heritage.
- Pastors and lay leaders will review new servanthood models and people skills to equip them to respond with confidence to very real parish challenges.
- Pastors review progress toward the personal and pastoral goals they established at The Gathering.
- Structured conversation and unstructured time together enhance relationships between pastor and parishioners.
- Lay leaders grow in their appreciation for God’s gifts in His Gospel and Sacrament and their pastor’s ministry for the cure of souls.
- Didactic and interactive modules assist parish leaders to serve their pastor and congregation with new insight and dedication.
- Work groups, comprising pastors and laity from different congregations will be created to think Biblically and imaginatively about the church’s evangelistic outreach locally and globally.
- Peer and mentoring relationships among pastors who have already attended “The Gathering” will be renewed.
Part III: The Grand Reunion
Once each year, the pastors enrolled in the classic program convene for the “Reunion.” The Reunion weekend is the special opportunity for the pastor to invite his spouse to the training program. Wives in attendance network with other women who share the unique blessings and challenges of living out their marriages in the context of parsonage life.
This event allows clergy to hear presentations on pastoral work from some of the finest theologians and practitioners in the area of spiritual care and will allow for a fast-paced and intensive review of their training in the earlier portions of the program. Dr. John W. Kleinig, renowned Australian scholar and pastoral theologian, frequently serves as the featured presenter at the Grand Reunion, held annually the first full weekend in August.
Like each of DOXOLOGY’s events, The Reunion is an occasion filled with worship, conversation, and ongoing opportunities for personal reflection and mutual encouragement in a variety of formal and informal settings. The Reunion devotes more time to relaxation and enjoyment while continuing to build ongoing peer and mentoring relationships, providing pastors with additional instruction and additional opportunities for mutual encouragement and meaningful professional interaction.
Graduates of the program and their wives are invited to attend subsequent annual Grand Reunions at cost, space permitting.
Price for the 2017 Classic Cycle will be: $1800
· Early bird discount is $200 – Early Bird Discount will be available through November 30th
· $100 of the above fee is to be paid by the pastor