Click on the link below to go to the first post in the sequence so that they can be read in order. Each sequence addresses a topic, and the series of posts is like an article. The link to the next post in the series will be found in the lower right hand corner of each post.

AN ORIENTATION TO PASTORAL WORK – This sequence proposes a five-session “orientation to pastoral work” experienced over five months for new pastors in the Kaskaskia River District of the Illinois Great Rivers Conference of the United Methodist Church. Each session focuses on providing a specific, simple method for doing one aspect of the work of the pastor. Posts following the links below will explore that topic.

Session 1 – July: Orientation to Pastoral Work: PA.S.TO.R.  
Methodology (1st hour): Tasks: Time Management, setting up your personal organization system.
Application (2nd hour): Pastoral Expectations. PASTOR and SHALOM Working Templates.

Session 2 – August: TO: Tasks and Organization
Methodology: The Church as Organism and Organization; getting things done through other people.
Application: The Church as a Family of God, part 1. Church family systems, facilitating change.
District Office: 2 hour Training in completing Church Conference forms will follow this session.

Session 3 – September: S … R Preaching and Reading  
Methodology: Monroe’s Mountain: A System for Exegesis and Sermon Preparation.
Application: Organizing for Worship – purpose, goals, including laity, get the details right.

Session 4 – October: PA Pastoral Care and Attention  
Methodology: The Church as a Family of God, part 2. Soul mending and equipping the saints.
Application: Organizing for Healthy Communication. Building Community by “staying in touch.”

Session 5 – November: The Pastor’s Spiritual Life
Methodology: A Menu of Practical Spiritual Disciplines
Application: Organizing for Long Term Spiritual Health


METRICS IN DISCIPLE MAKING – This sequence examines the use of equipping tracks (discipleship pathways) as a means of identifying and measuring effective activity in the making of disciples in the United Methodist Church.

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