These shorter, midweek days of renewal focus on singular topics
and are designed for those who have been in ministry for some
Date - May 5-7, 2015
Cost - $200
- Included: Overnight accommodations, meals from Tuesday supper
through Thursday breakfast, program curriculum and printed
- Not included: Purchases at Jack's Coffee Shop, the UnStable,
Scholar Shop or Gift Shop.
The Institute for Priests and Presbyterates is able to offer
workshops and programs at a lower cost due to the generosity of
many benefactors. The actual cost per participant for "The Seasoned
Pastor" workshop is considerably higher than the amount
Personnel Practices: Managing Human Resources in a Parish
The expectations for leaders are complicated and extensive. If
not handled well, human resource issues can take up a large part of
a pastor's energy and attention. This workshop will present
theories and skills necessary for pastors to become more effective
human resource managers. It will focus on policies and practices
that promote just treatment for employees as well as procedures
pastors may use to address staffing problems and conflicts.
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Brian B. Reynolds, Ed.D.
Dr. Brian Reynolds is the chancellor and chief administrative
officer for the Archdiocese of Louisville, coordinating the
planning, personnel and administrative functions for the 111
parishes of the archdiocese. Dr. Reynolds has served as a
consultant, trainer and author in Church ministry for more than 30
He has worked with more than 100 Catholic dioceses in the United
States, Canada and Ireland and has served on the adjunct
faculty of several colleges and universities, teaching courses on
leadership, human resources, ministry, stewardship and ethics. He
is the author and co-author of five books and more than 40 articles
on Church ministry, adolescence, and religious education.
Dr. Reynolds is the recipient of several awards including:
Benemerenti Papal Medal from Pope Francis; Vision Award from the
National Association of Church Personnel Administrators; the Yves
Congar Award from the Conference of Pastoral Planning; the Spirit
Award from the National Association for Lay Ministry; and the
National Catholic Youth Ministry Award.
Dr. Reynolds holds bachelor's and master's degrees from
Fairfield and Fordham universities, respectively, and a doctorate
in leadership education from Spalding University. He
is a faculty member of the Loyola University Institute for Pastoral
|Tues., May 5
|2:00 - 4:00 p.m.
||Program Session - The Parish as
An overview of the key challenges pastors face in dealing with
parish personnel management: hiring, performance management,
termination, compensation, and employment law.
|Wed., May 6
|8:00 - 8:45
- Parish Staffing: Creating Helpful Positions,
Finding the Right Person
We discuss a variety of parish staffing models and learn the
importance of developing clear and accurate job descriptions. Steps
to locate, interview and hire personnel presented.
||Program Session - Pastor As Supervisor:
Performance Review, Conflicts, Problem Solving
We discuss common personnel challenges and consider how good
performance reviews and other methods of intervention can help
resolve them. Sample evaluation tools provided.
||Program Session - When It's Not Working Out -
Corrections and Terminations
We consider a variety of disciplinary actions and, when necessary,
how to terminate someone's employment.
||Program Session - Staying Out of Trouble
We address difficult issues including: harassment, discrimination,
technology, confidentiality, and due process.
|5:30 - 6:15 p.m.
|7:00 - 8:30 p.m.
||Program Session - Time and Money and Other Employment
In this final session, we consider questions of compensation,
benefits, leave time, and related issues.
|Thurs., May 7
|8:00 - 8:45 a.m.
Tuesday, May 5 - Thursday, May 7, 2015
April 29, 2015. Registration limited to 14
Gardner Renewal Day workshops are $200. Included:
- Two nights' accommodations in St. Bede Hall
- All meals from Tuesday supper through Thursday breakfast
- All program fees and material costs
Additional overnight accommodations and meals, subject to
availability, are in addition to the workshop fee. Call by
registration deadline for availability and pricing.
- "It was an enriching time of fraternity with brother priests
discovering our common bonds and experiences and being mutually
affirmed in our ministry."
- "The Gardner Renewal Day offered by the IPP at Saint Meinrad
offered me an opportunity to reflect on my ministry, with competent
professionals, providing new insights to the challenges that I face