Clergy Communities of Practice - 2019

We would love for any clergy person to prayerfully consider participating. 

Beginning in August

If you haven’t heard, clergy communities of practice are a type of covenant group meant to support the development of Christian leaders by encouraging those who want to get to the next place in their ministry.  They focus on engagement with peers and help to reverse trends of isolation among clergy.  Meetings invite participants to share in prayer and fellowship, as well as a time of learning and application.  Crucially, emphasis in these groups is on bringing learning into practice, not simply building up knowledge. 

Meetings last four hours and include a meal.  Each meeting is led by one of your clergy peers, a trained facilitator, who invites conversation and asks questions rather than acting as an expert.  Learning is focused topically and participants can expect to read around 75-100 pages each month in preparation for gatherings.  There will be 9 meetings over the course of the year; two months will be taken off at the discretion of the facilitator.  It is expected that participants will engage in every meeting and come prepared to discuss readings.  This year we are asking all participants to contribute $100 in order to help cover costs.    

Additionally, we are offering two CCOPs with a specific area of focus.  Two groups will meet for those in the first year of a new appointment.  There is also a group for those interested in exploring navigating change using new ministry models.  For more information about this particular group, please contact Amy Wagner.  All other questions may be directed to Susan Moudry.

The cost is $100

The following locations are available:
  •  Erie: Asbury: 2nd Thursday from 10:30-2:30 facilitated by Bruce Davis 
  •  Olmsted Manor: 1st Tuesday from 10:00-2:00 facilitated by Seth McClymonds 
  •  Meadville area: 1st Thursday from 9:00-1:00 facilitated by Becky Patterson 
  •  Fredonia: 2nd Wednesday from 9:00-1:00 facilitated by Tina Keller
  •  Brockway: Parsonage, Rattlesnake Rd., 2nd Wednesday from 9:30-1:30 facilitated by Bob Trask 
  •  Brookville: First UMC: 3rd Wednesday from 9:00-1:00 facilitated by Dennis Johnson 
  •  Punxsutawney: Punxsy Phil’s and First UMC: 1st Thursday from 8:00-12:00 facilitated by Paul Ritchey 
  •  Cranberry Twp., Conference Center: 2nd Tuesday from 10:00-2:00 facilitated by Renee Mikell 
  •  Windber: Calvary: 4th Wednesday from 9:30-1:30 facilitated by Heidi Helsel 
  •  Waynesburg: Oakview: 4th Tuesday from 11:00-3:00 facilitated by Sue Hoover 
  •  Focus on: Navigating Change with New Ministry Models Sharpsburg: Roots of Faith: 2nd Thursday from 10:00-2:00 facilitated by Ben Phipps 
  •  Focus on: First Year in a New Appointment Franklin: First: 1st Wednesday from 10:00-2:00 facilitated by Wade Berkey 
  •  Focus on: First Year in a New Appointment Bakerstown: 1st Wednesday from 10:00-2:00 facilitated by Keith Dunn