Feeling isolated in leadership? Need a safe space to talk with peers? Seeking a way to hold yourself accountable to your own and a congregation’s objectives? Consider joining a clergy group.
You can even visit a group in person or virtually to get a sense of the group with no obligation to continue.
Have questions about clergy groups? Contact us here.
What do clergy groups look like?
Clergy groups at Samaritan are ecumenical, with the goal of promoting collegial support. They are facilitated by leaders who have served within congregations and who also have training in organizational systems and dynamics. Samaritan can also provide facilitation of an assembled group of 3 to 6 participants, should you have a group gathered and are looking for facilitation.
Most groups typically meet for 1 1/2 hours twice a month with a session fee of $25, and each group sets its own schedule. Clergy groups may meet on Zoom, at the Samaritan Counseling Center or at another location chosen by the group.
The types of clergy groups tend to fall into two categories:
- Soul care, which provides support, encouragement, challenges, mirroring and ministry to participants.
- Focused groups, which hone in on a particular goal or areas, such as improving leadership skills or women in ministry.
Current open-ended groups being offered in 2021 include a multiple staff group, women clergy groups and a deacon group. We also offer specialized groups that meet for a limited number of sessions, as detailed below.
Post-Pandemic Clergy Group
A special, 8-session clergy group beginning on September 23 that helps clergy creatively reflect, listen, encourage, and create their own plan of action to address the realities of today and the future. The cost is $395. Learn more here.
Clergy Spouse/Partner Groups
Two new online groups for clergy spouses and partners will begin in November, with options to attend monthly on Saturday mornings or twice a month on Tuesday evenings. The cost is $20 per facilitated group session.
- Tentative Saturday Schedule (AM): The first Saturday of each month, starting November 6, 2021, and running through April 5, 2022.
- Tentative Tuesday Schedule (PM): Meets the first and third Tuesday of each month, starting November 6, 2021, and running through January 18, 2022.
If you are interested in joining any of the clergy groups listed above or would like to suggest a focused clergy group, contact David Miron, Clergy & Congregation Care Coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
“Joining my SCC Clergy Group was one of the best decisions I made more than ten years ago. The gift of conversation with colleagues in similar sized congregations, who represent a diversity of denominational traditions, offers the blessing of wisdom coupled with support, in a confidential setting. Commit to a couple of months, and you’ll see for yourself.”
Craig Ross, Senior Pastor