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 get a sense of the group, with no obligation to continue.
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.
While groups typically meet for 1 1/2 hours twice a month with a session fee of $25, each group does set 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 groups being offered in 2021 include a multiple staff group, women clergy groups, a deacon group, and a group for clergy spouses and partners.
Samaritan will also provide facilitation of an assembled group of 3 to 6 participants, should you have a group gathered and are looking for facilitation.
For more information about clergy groups or to suggest a focused clergy group, contact David Miron, Clergy & Congregation Care Coordinator, at email@example.com.
“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