Virtual Workshop for Pastors Exploring Their Call
November 16, 2022
Updated November 23, 2022
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Are you asking questions such as:
Pastor Church Resources will be hosting a virtual workshop for pastors who may be considering a new call—or a new way to live out their call in their current church.
Rev. Zach Olson, Ministry Consultant with PCR, will lead two versions of this workshop in January and February of 2023. Each workshop is geared toward bringing you together with pastors who are asking similar questions, providing you with exercises and assessments that bring clarity to your discernment process, and sharing wisdom from other pastors who’ve worked through this as well.
There are two options for participating in this virtual workshop:
The “Intensive” experience is a retreat-style gathering meeting for two consecutive afternoons from 12:30 to 5:00 pm EST on January 24 and 25, 2023.
The “Cohort” experience is a slower-paced learning community that will meet weekly on Tuesdays from 12:30 to 2:30 pm EST in February 2023.
Both versions will be virtual and will use the same material. When registering, please select the workshop version that suits you best.
Event details at a glance
January 24 and 25 (Intensive)
February 7, 14, 21, and 28 (Cohort)
12:30 to 5:00 pm EST (Intensive)
12:30 to 2:30 pm EST (Cohort)
Format: Virtual Gathering on Zoom
Who: CRC pastors (Ministers of the Word and Commissioned Pastors) exploring their call
Cost: This gathering is sponsored by PCR’s Thriving Together grant from Lilly Endowment, Inc.
Birkman Assessment: All participants will be required to complete a Birkman questionnaire prior to their selected gathering date, and may schedule a 2-hour debrief of the report when convenient. Details will be provided following registration.
Registration is now open and closes on January 6. Space is limited, register today!
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Thanks for offering this. I think it is very timely indeed. I've only been at this 14 years and the ministry landscape has changed so drastically, it's frightening. Our Elders are currently working through "Canoeing The Mountains" (written way back in 2015!) asking the Lord to give us new ways of connecting with people in this new 'season.' Clearly, all Pastors need to 'adapt' or ministry will die.
Because as another article on The Network pointed out a few months ago, "In this secular moment, more than any other before, people are disconnected from the sacred. People do not "come back" to Church, not because we don’t have great resources or excellent preaching. The reason is that we live in what has been called ‘Secular3.’ In this secular stage, people not only don’t care about the church, they no longer believe they need God to live the good life. The good life is a busy life where you innovate to have your best life and be authentic. This good life is caught up in a “new story” (not an old, old story) and freedom to do what you want (not a bunch of rules that the church tells you are good for you)." (https://network.crcna.org/church-renewal/your-church-running-speed-apple-part-3?) I feel this reality every day.
Thanks again for offering this.
Ben - thank you for your comments. As you mention, the current ministry landscape demands all those called into ministry to be discerning and wise in how they bring the Good News. This gathering creates space for that conversation. It's not only a gathering for pastors wondering if they should make a change (it is that, for sure). It's also for pastors who want to gain clarity on who God has been developing them to be so they can live more fully into their calling. I hope to see you at the gathering!
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