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Fall 2019 Cohort Retreat
September 27 @ 3:00 pm - September 28 @ 6:30 pm
Our inaugural cohort retreat for Fall 2019 will be centered around the theme of “Called to Bold Ministry.” The two-day event will be divided into four themes: Understanding Your Bold Call, Deepening Your Bold Call, Widening Your Bold Call, and Nourishing Your Bold Call. We will work in small groups to understand what bold ministry looks like in each others’ contexts. We will hear from other clergy and experts in the field of ministry of how to formulate bold and effective ministry. We will form our first cohorts who will work to sustain each other in their efforts to live into deeper and wider forms of bold ministry in and around North Carolina.
Persons in attendance will be divided into their small groups or “cohorts” with one senior career clergy mentor and three to four other early-career clergy mentees. Cohorts will have dedicated time during the retreat to get to know one another and to plan for their meetings.
We will have worship featuring: Rev. Julie Peoples (UCC), Rev. Hilario Cisneros (Epis), and Rev. Tamara Kersey (AME). Our Plenary and workshop presenters include Rev. Dr. Lamont Foster (AMEZ), Rev. Dr. H. Donnell FitzJefferies (UMC), Rev. Dr. Stephaphie Moore Hand (UMC) and Rev, Anna Maria King (UMC). They will speak on “hot topic” issues that can embolden our ministry in the era of Trump, working with our churches to become more inclusive and spiritual regeneration and pastoral self-care.
Work beforehand: Participants will be asked to complete tasks before coming to our Fall retreat. First, they must complete an online enneagram (links will be sent out after registration). Second, they will be asked to complete a “DNA” of their church or ministerial context (a template and questionnaire will be sent out after registration). Cohort members will also be required to complete both a DiSC (Dominance, Influence, Steadiness, and Conscientiousness) and a StrengthsFinders assessment. These evaluative tools will be reviewed during our first sessions.
Work during: We will hear from plenary speakers and panelists about what a bold call to ministry is like in the era of an increasingly pluralistic and divided America. Our panelists will help us dig deeper into these issues during workshop sessions where participants can choose to dig deeper on one of these forms of bold ministry: LGBTQI inclusion, #BlackLivesMatter, Sanctuary Churches (Immigration). We will also begin exploring those practical issues that our clergy encounter in the day to day running of their churches such as Generational Churching, Conflict, Finance, and Spiritual Regeneration and Formation.
Work after: We ask that each cohort meet an additional three times throughout the year, either at IECCD hosted events or on their own. Stipends or reimbursements are available for larger events hosted by a cohort (see scholarship section of the IECCD website).
This opening session will set the stage for our cohorts and will live into the IECCD’s call to prepare clergy for sustainable and bold ministry.