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Clergy Groups


Samaritan offers a variety of groups for persons serving as clergy. Some groups are “soul care” groups designed to provide the support, encouragement, challenge, mirroring and environment that will help care for the soul of the participants. Samaritan also offers “focused” groups, designed to work with a particular focus.
All Samaritan clergy groups are ecumenical, promote collegial support, and are facilitated by leaders trained in organizational systems and dynamics who have also served in congregations.

The groups are characterized by the key qualities a study by Austin Presbyterian Seminary concludes are present in the top rated clergy groups:

  • Formal covenant or group guidelines
  • Quality leadership/trained facilitators
  • Multi-denominational membership
  • Close relationships
  • Accountability
  • Expressing spirituality in creative ways

Groups typically meet for 1.5 hours twice a month and usually do not meet in the summer months.  The Investment to participate is $50 per month. All groups meet at the Samaritan Counseling Center, 1803 Oregon Pike, Lancaster PA unless otherwise noted.

Soul Care Group Options:
First and third Friday of each month; facilitated by David Miron while co-facilitator, Dr. James Hanna, is on leave. David is the Coordinator for CCC and is also a CCC consultant. He has an ecumenical background, having grown up in a Jewish family, served as an ordained minister in the Mennonite church and is now a lay leader in the Episcopal Church. He is a trained interpreter of Holy Cow! assessment tools (for judicatories and congregations) and has a degree in Religion; Certificate of Biblical Studies and a Masters in Human Resource Development.

Second and fourth Monday of each month; facilitated by Dr. John Emmert. Although retired from parish ministry, John wisely shares from 35 years of parish and college ministry experience as an Episcopal priest. He currently serves as chaplain to Samaritan’s clinical staff; works with the SafeChurch program to encourage men to share their stories and facilitates a retired clergy group.

If you would like more information about or wish to register for either of these groups please contact David Miron, Coordinator, CCC at or 717.560.1949 ext. 108.

If you would like to suggest starting a group that meets at another time, please contact David Miron, Coordinator, CCC, at or 717-560-1949, extension 108.

Focused Group Options:
Transition/Interim Clergy Group. This is an Ecumenical Group for clergy to help keep the tools of transitional ministry sharp (dealing with grief and letting go of the past; moving through despair; creating a new vision; etc.) while applying them in a specific setting; for persons serving as long or short term transition or interim clergy. Dr. Randy Riggs is the group facilitator. Randy retired from full time clergy work after 16 years at First Presbyterian Church (Lancaster) and 41 years as a Teaching Elder in the PCUSA (13 years as an Associate Pastor and 28 years as Senior Pastor/Head of Staff). He is a trained interim minister who has served three congregations in three different denominations.
Participation in the group is renewable every six months. The next organizational meeting is scheduled for January 23, 2017, 8:30-10:00 a.m. in the Community Room at the Samaritan Center, 1803 Oregon Pike, Lancaster, PA 17601.

Preaching Cohort Clergy Group. Samaritan will periodically offer a preaching cohort group. These groups are designed to help participants grow in the spiritual depth and practical application of their preaching. The group, typically, will meet six times and is limited to eight participants.
Title: The Lenten Journey
Facilitators: Dr. Greg Carey and the Rev. Dr. Randy Riggs
Organizational meeting: January 30, 2017 (includes overview of text)
Meeting dates: February 27, March 6, 13, 20, 27; April 3, 10
Time: 8:30-10:30 a.m.
Place: Samaritan Counseling Center

Check here periodically for the future Preaching Cohort groups.

For more information about, to register for or to suggest a focused clergy group, contact David Miron, Coordinator, Clergy and Congregation Care: 717-560-1949, extension 108 or by email at


CCC Testimonials and Key Initiatives

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