New Visions for the Long Pastorate

July 16, 2013 - July 18, 2013
Offered by Luther Seminary
St. Paul MN


July 16-18, 2013


Research conducted by Roy Oswald while a senior consultant with the Alban Institute indicated that there are some real challenges to remaining effective within a long pastorate. When in one pastorate for more than seven to nine years, some negative dynamics can begin to occur. He discovered that through training clergy could manage these challenges confidently, thereby allowing them to capitalize on the many advantages of a long pastorate. This training is important as long pastorates are a good and desirable thing. It is difficult for congregations to attain long-term goals without long-term pastorates. In the case of some congregations, long pastorates are needed to overcome years of dysfunctional and unproductive ministries.
You’ll learn about:
  • Concrete ways of preventing burnout in a long pastorate
  • Three ways of gaining accurate feedback from congregational
  • Leadership strategies for keeping a congregation on its growing
  • A discernment process to answer the question: “Should I stay
    another five years or move on?”
  • Paying attention to the accumulation of power in a long pastorate
    and continuing to empower strong lay leadership
  • Engaging in a strategic planning process that will focus the energy
    of the congregation
  • Negotiating a three-month sabbatical every four years to sustain
    personal vitality

The seminar engages lectures, experiential learning and small-group activity.


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Dates: July 16-18, 2013

Seminar Leader: Roy Oswald, Executive Director, Center for EQ-HR Skills; Alban Institute Senior Consultant

Tuition: $425

Contact Hours: 20

Class Times:
8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Categories: Leadership  |  Ministry  |  Seminars