Starting Well 2013 Alberta

November 18, 2013 - November 21, 2013



Monday, November 18th at 10 am – Thursday, November 21st at 3 pm, 2013

at Rundle’s Mission Retreat Centre,

Box 12, Site 8, RR 1
Thorsby, AB T0C 2P0

Facilitated by The Rev. Susan Shaffer and The Rev. Dale Irving

Starting Well offers new clergy, diaconal ministers and designated lay ministers opportunities to reflect on their context and practice of ministry in an affirming environment.

Come and participate in small and large group discussions and seminars, personal reflection, worship, and examination of case studies prepared by participants from their current ministries.

Join us and build supportive relationships, experience a cumulative learning community and be rejuvenated!

We are going to focus in 2013 on Your Role as Leader.

This event is open to those ordained or commissioned in the last 3 years and to those who participated in Starting Well for the first time in 2011 or later.


Toronto Leadership Team

Dale Irving is a retired minister of The United Church of Canada. During his 41 years of ministry he served pastorates in Alberta and Nova Scotia. As well, he was Personnel Minister for Alberta and Northwest Conference for 12 years. Throughout this time he was engaged in support for ministry personnel, for the Education and Students procedures including ministry internships. He was also a resource to the Presbyteries in the Conference conducting various workshops for the Presbyteries and Congregations. Dale is a qualified user of the Myer’s Briggs Type Indicator and has conducted numerous workshops in a variety of contexts.


Susan Shaffer is a minister of The Presbyterian Church in Canada. Her role as Associate Secretary for Ministry and Church Vocations in the national Presbyterian office involves her in support for ministers, in consultations with ministers, presbyteries and sessions, and in providing leadership to the church on ministerial issues.


The centre is sponsored by Emmanuel College, Knox College and denominational staff of The Presbyterian Church in Canada and The United Church of Canada, with the generous support of the Beatty Ryckman Trust.

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