Feeling isolated as a pastor in leadership? Need a safe space to talk with clergy peers? Seeking a way to hold yourself accountable to your own and a congregation’s objectives? Consider joining a clergy group for support and care.
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 for pastors and clergy. 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 clergy support 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 and care for pastors and clergy.
- Focused groups, which hone in on a particular goal or areas, such as improving leadership skills or women in ministry.
Current Clergy Groups
Current open-ended groups being offered in 2022 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.
If you are interested in joining a clergy group or would like to suggest a focused clergy group, contact David Miron, Clergy & Congregation Care Coordinator, at email@example.com.
Clergy Spouse/Partner Groups (Online)
Learn and be inspired by others with similar experiences through this online, interdenominational group of spouses and partners of clergy. To find out more about this group being offered through a partnership with Artos Retreats, email 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