ORIENTATION TO PASTORAL WORK #1.01 – 2020 Schedule

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 – Orientation to Pastoral Work: PA.S.TO.R.  
Date: Tuesday, September 29, 7 pm, via Lifesize online digital conferencing
Methodology (1st hour): Getting Organized for Pastoral Work: Time Management, setting up your personal organization system.
Application (2nd hour): Pastoral Expectations. PASTOR and SHALOM Working Templates.

Session 2 – TO: Tasks and Organization
Date: Tuesday, October 20, 7 pm, via Lifesize online digital conferencing
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.

Your District Office will also conduct a 2 hour training in completing Church Conference forms this fall. You will want to participate in this session.

Session 3 – S … R Preaching and Reading  
Date: Tuesday, November 10, 7 pm, via Lifesize online digital conferencing
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 – PA Pastoral Care and Attention  
Date: Tuesday, December 1, 7 pm, via Lifesize online digital conferencing
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 – The Pastor’s Spiritual Life
Date: Tuesday, January 5, 2021, 7 pm, via Lifesize online digital conferencing
Methodology: A Menu of Practical Spiritual Disciplines
Application: Organizing for Long Term Spiritual Health

Session 6 – Wrap Up, Overview, Feedback.
Date: Tuesday, January 26, 2021, 7 pm, via Lifesize online digital conferencing

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