Saint Meinrad Seminary & School of Theology

Formation and Education for the Life of the Church

Gardner Renewal Days for Seasoned Pastors


These shorter, midweek days of renewal focus on singular topics and are designed for those who have been in ministry for some time.

Date - May 5-7, 2015 

Cost - $200

  • Included: Overnight accommodations, meals from Tuesday supper through Thursday breakfast, program curriculum and printed materials.
  • 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 charged.

Personnel Practices: Managing Human Resources in a Parish Setting

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 years.

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 Ministry. 
Reynolds Brian
Tues., May 5  
2:00 - 4:00 p.m. Registration
4:30 Welcome Social
5:00 Vespers
5:30-6:15 Dinner
6:45 Orientation
7:00-9:00 p.m. Program Session - The Parish as Employer 
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   
7:30 a.m. Mass
8:00 - 8:45 Breakfast
9:00-10:30 Program Session - 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.
10:45-12:15 p.m.  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.
12:15-1:00 Lunch
1:30-3:00 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.
3:15-4:45 Program Session - Staying Out of Trouble
We address difficult issues including: harassment, discrimination, technology, confidentiality, and due process. 
5:00 p.m. Vespers
5:30 - 6:15 p.m. Dinner
7:00 - 8:30 p.m. Program Session - Time and Money and Other Employment Issues
In this final session, we consider questions of compensation, benefits, leave time, and related issues.
Thurs., May 7  
7:30 a.m. Mass
8:00 - 8:45 a.m. Breakfast 

Tuesday, May 5 - Thursday, May 7, 2015

Registration Deadline

April 29, 2015. Registration limited to 14 participants. 


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.

To Register
  • "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 daily."