Pastor Development

There is a common saying among leaders that the first 90 days in a new position can determine a person’s success. The Institute for Ongoing Clergy Formation offers a two-day workshop that provides orientation to those who will become pastor in the coming weeks. Leadership principles and suggestions for the first 90 days as pastor will be covered.

The Pastor Workshop is an intensive five-day program designed to help pastors realize their full potential and lead vibrant parishes. Workshop content focuses on leadership opportunities and challenges, and provides practical administrative skills necessary for success. This is a collaborative effort with The Saint Paul Seminary and the University of St. Thomas’ Department of Catholic Studies and Opus College of Business.

The Pastor Workshop also includes Mass, Liturgy of the Hours, Holy Hour, Benediction, confession and time for fraternity.

Topics covered:

  • Credible Leadership as a Shepherd
  • Parish Vision, Mission & Core Values
  • Strategic Planning for Pastors
  • Key Management Tools
  • Conflict Management
  • How to Delegate Effectively
  • Human Resources & Best Practices
  • Building & Leading Effective Teams
  • Leading Pastoral & Finance Councils
  • Parish Finance & Budgeting
  • Pastor & Business Leader Forums 

For those who have completed the Pastor Workshop, The Institute for Ongoing Clergy Formation offers one- or two-day sessions that focus on a particular topic of pastoral leadership and management. Topics may include:

  • Strategic Planning
  • Schools
  • Finance
  • Human Resources
  • Canon Law for Pastors
  • Risk Management

Through the Institute for Ongoing Clergy Formation, a pastor has access to one-on-one consultation and coaching from experienced laypersons who have expertise in the desired area of need. The coach accompanies the pastor in their growth as a leader and manager of their parish.

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