Education and training are at the heart of our Pastoral Services Department. We coordinate a number of pastoral education, training, supervision, and coaching programs throughout the year. They include:
Basic Pastoral Skills Course
This course is for church workers who volunteer as pastoral visitors or Eucharistic ministers at local hospitals, retirement communities, hospice programs, or in the home. This course is conducted every March, covering such topics as pastoral conversation, diagnosis and planning, grief and loss, prayer, and self-care. The annual registration fee is $50.00.
Advanced Pastoral Skills Workshop
This workshop is for church workers who graduated from the basic pastoral skills course. This workshop is conducted every fall, covering such topics as crisis ministry and sudden traumatic loss. There is no fee.
Peer Review for Local Pastors
This "closed group" is an opportunity for local clergy to present and receive feedback on difficult pastoral situations in an atmosphere that is both collegial and confidential. The registration fee is $125.00.
Pastoral Theology Presentations
These presentations vary in content and style but are designed to meet the needs of congregations who desire input from behavioral healthcare professionals and pastoral educators.
For more information about any of these courses, call 215.453.5170.