Saint Meinrad Seminary & School of Theology

Formation and Education for the Life of the Church

Gearing Up to be a Pastor

Gearing Up Banner Photo

This five-day workshop, typically undertaken during the second year following ordination, builds upon the The Associate Pastor workshop and starts the preparation for becoming a pastor.

The program addresses the "big picture" issues of being a pastor and prepares the priest for effective ministry within a variety of settings.

Cost - $1,045 

  • Included: Overnight accommodations, meals from Monday supper through Friday lunch, 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 "Gearing Up to be a Pastor" workshop is considerably higher than the amount charged.

 

Being and Becoming a Pastor - Fr. Edward Linton, OSB
Rights and Responsibilities -  This session looks at the difference between "being" a pastor by assignment and "becoming" a pastor by developing a relationship with the people of God. Attention is given to canon law and what it says the pastor is to focus on in his ministry.

Credibility and Authority: Servant Leadership - This session is an open dialogue about examples of those who have served as models of servant leadership and how that shapes our vision of how we intend to lead. What does it take to "earn" credibility? How do different people view authority within the Church?

Shared Ministry: Leading, Empowering and Coaching - We discuss what it means to celebrate and honor the role of all the baptized in the Body of Christ by getting them involved in parish ministries while also forming them to know their gifts. To lead is not something everyone is comfortable with and yet expected of the pastor.
 

Fr. Edward Linton - small

Quick, Simple, Healthy Cooking for One 
More than a presentation, this dinner-preparation session with Chef Josh Lashlee is designed to help the workshop participant gain some strategies for preparing meals that are both good tasting and good for the priest. Taking care of ourselves is good stewardship of our bodies and allows us to serve well those entrusted to our care. Beyond having the knowledge and experience to prepare meals well, simply finding time to cook can be a big challenge.
 
Josh Lashlee
Parish Leadership and Administration - Fr. Tom Boyer
Pastoral Planning and Development - Vibrant parishes are built on effective planning, communication and fundraising. This session presents a model for strategic planning that provides the foundation for parish development.

Parish Staffing and Human Resource Issues - No pastor works alone. Whether there is a paid staff or volunteers, all pastors need to address common human resource issues. This session addresses issues related to hiring, performance management and termination of employment.

Parish Finances - Pastors do not need to be accountants. However, challenging financial issues can prevent a parish from being able to fulfill its mission. This session looks at parish finances through the lens of a parish audit and assists pastors in identifying areas that need a closer look.
 

Boyer

Spiritual Leadership - Fr. Tom Boyer
Four Truths about Spiritual Leaders and Spiritual Leadership as
an Art
 - Embracing the four truths of our human nature allows us to more fully practice the "art" of spiritual leadership using our God-given tools.

Moses and David: Two Spiritual Leaders Who Still Teach Us about Spiritual Leadership - A spiritual leader is a prophet and a mystic. So it
is not about loans, lights, locks and leaks.

How does it Work? What does it Take? When does it Happen? - A spiritual leader remembers the truths and becomes an artist who inspires, enchants and transforms by revealing the Divine Presence.
 

Boyer

Living a Balanced Life
The stress of increased demands and expectations of Catholic priests, coupled with the shrinking number of clergy, can pull a recently ordained priest into unhealthy habits and practices.

In this session, we'll discuss the priest's need for a healthy self-ministry, realistic expectations, and strategies for keeping balanced physically, mentally and spiritually
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Mon., Oct. 20  
2:00-4:00 p.m. Registration
5:00 p.m. Evening Prayer and Welcome Social
5:30 p.m. Dinner
6:30 p.m. Opening Discussion
   
Tues., Oct. 21
7:30 a.m. Breakfast
8:45-10:00 a.m. Program Session - Being and Becoming a Pastor: Rights and Responsibilities
10:15-11:15 a.m. Program Session - Credibility and Authority: Servant Leadership
11:30 a.m. Mass
Noon  Lunch
1:30-2:30 p.m. Free Time: Sacrament of Penance and Reconciliation Available
3:00-4:30 p.m. Program Session - Shared Ministry: Leading, Empowering and Coaching
5:00 p.m. Evening Prayer and Social
5:30 p.m. Dinner - St. John Vianney Center Teaching Kitchen - Quick, Simple, Healthy Cooking for One
   
Wed., Oct. 22
7:30 a.m. Breakfast 
8:45-11:15 a.m. Program Session - Pastoral Planning and Development
11:30 a.m. Mass
Noon  Lunch
1:30 - 3:00 p.m. Program Session - Parish Staffing and Human Resource Issues
5:00 p.m. Evening Prayer with Monastic Community
5:30 p.m. Dinner
7:00-8:00 p.m. Program Session - Parish Finances
   
Thurs., Oct. 23
7:30 a.m. Breakfast 
8:45-11:15 a.m. Program Session - Four Truths About Spiritual Leaders and Spiritual Leadership as an Art
11:30 a.m. Mass
Noon Lunch 
1:00-3:00 p.m. Free Time
3:00-4:30 p.m. Program Session - Moses and David: Two Who Still Teach Us about Spiritual Leadership
5:00 p.m. Evening Prayer with Monastic Community
5:30 p.m. Dinner
7:00-8:00 p.m. Program Session - How Does it Work? What Does it Take? When Does it Happen?
   
Fri., Oct. 24
7:30 a.m. Mass
8:00 a.m. Breakfast
8:45-11:30 a.m. Program Session - Living a Balanced Life
11:30 a.m. Wrap-up
Noon Lunch
Dates

Monday, October 20 - Friday, October 24, 2014

Cost

Gearing Up to be a Pastor is $1,045. Included:

  • Four (4) nights accommodations in St. Bede Hall
  • All meals from Monday supper through Friday lunch
  • All program fees and material costs
To Register

Institute for Priests and Presbyterates
Saint Meinrad Seminary and School of Theology
200 Hill Drive
St. Meinrad, IN 47577

Fax: (812) 357-6283 

General comments from 2013 Gearing Up to be a Pastor workshop participants

  • This workshop was very good, and I am pleased with the material.  I feel as if it was timely for me, and am appreciative of the content that was presented.
  • Everything was useful and helpful - thanks!

On "Being and Becoming a Pastor" sessions

  • Fr. Jim related well with us. I realized that there are more questions than answers about what will happen when I become a pastor, but this was helpful to realize.
  • Fr. Jim was well prepared and took seriously the subject matter. His joy for ministry is obvious.
  • It was good opening sessions to week. It is important for us to envision becoming a pastor, and not just how to be a pastor by delegation or assignment. He gave and embodied some good practical steps to help us get there.

On "Parish Leadership and Administration" sessions

  • Very good sessions. Helped ease my anxiety about administration things. He showed what is lacking in a lot of parishes I've seen - vision and planning. Without the direction and purpose, it's easy to become bogged down with day-to-day activities just maintaining a parish.
  • Brian showed an immense amount of expertise. The subject matter, particularly human resources, was/is complex. I appreciated his insistence on taking advantage of the chancery staff.
  • Excellent information and things to consider.

On "The Priestly Art of Spiritual Leadership" sessions

  • This presenter is a very wise priest with lots of practical experience. Enjoyed listening to him talk… could have listened to him longer.
  • An excellent explanation building upon Fr. Jim's sessions - becoming a pastor after assignment.
  • Fr. Tom did a very nice job. He was both challenging and supportive.

On "Living a Balanced Life" session

  • Good practical considerations.
  • Could have spent an entire day on this topic. Very important material to cover at this stage of priestly ministry.

On "Quick, Simple, Healthy Cooking for One" presentation

  • Thanks for the recipes, encouragement and suggestions of praying while cooking.
  • I really appreciate his promotion of healthy habits, in particular his cooking presentation.
  • I need to learn how to plan ahead for meals. His tips were very helpful toward that.