Saint Meinrad Seminary & School of Theology

Formation and Education for the Life of the Church

Effective Pastoring Workshops

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The Institute for Priests and Presbyterate's "Effective Pastoring Workshops" engage the ongoing formation needs of priests throughout the lifespan of their ministry.

The Associate Pastor workshop helps newly ordained priests make a seamless transition into parish ministry, addressing the practical tasks and challenges, spiritual concerns, identity and accountability issues inherent within this transition. Personal finance strategies and skills are also covered.

Gearing Up to be a Pastor workshop, typically undertaken during the second year following ordination, starts the preparation for becoming a pastor, addressing the "big picture" issues: pastoral identity, authority, administration, spiritual leadership and self-care.

The Newly Appointed Pastor workshop addresses universal administrative issues facing first-time pastors: canonical, legal and personnel issues; parish administration; finances and budgeting are covered.

For Seasoned Pastors - Gardner Renewal Days are midweek, two-day workshops designed for those who have served as pastors for a number of years to address topics more pertinent to their stage of ministry.