Clergy Communities of Practice - 2022
Thursday, September 1, 2022

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Rev. Chenda Lee

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

Clergy Communities of Practice will resume in September!  
CCOPs are a type of covenant group meant to support the development of Christian leaders. They focus on engagement with peers, helping 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. Emphasis is on bringing learning into practice. 

Meetings last four hours and include a meal, with the exception of our online group which will last two hours. 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; one month 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. 

Participants will earn 4 CEUs.

All clergy are encouraged to prayerfully consider participating.

To help offset costs for meals, materials, and stipend for facilitators, please pay the registration fee that works for you: $50, $75, $100. Please make checks payable to WPAUMC and note in the memo: For CCOP.
The following dates/time will be available:

  • Punxsutawney: Punxy Phil’s and First UMC, 1st Thursday, 8-12, facilitated by TBA (participants will pay for own meal at restaurant). 
  • Fredonia UMC, 2nd Wednesday, 9-1, facilitated by Tina Keller
  • Erie: Fairview UMC, 2nd Tuesday, 10-2, facilitated by Wade Berkey
  • Olmsted Manor, 2nd Tuesday, 10-2, facilitated by Heidi Helsel
  • Olmsted Manor, 2nd Tuesday, 10-2, facilitated by Joe Short
  • Ebensburg UMC, 1st Wednesday, 9-1, facilitated by Kendra Balliet
  • Zoom, Virtual Meeting, 2nd Tuesday, 12-2, facilitated by Renee Mikell
  • Zoom, Virtual Meeting, 1st Tuesday, 6:30-8:30, facilitated by Jacob Judy
  • Focus on: Innovative Ministry: Innovation and the church engaging post-quarantine, 2nd Wednesday, 9-1, Mercer UMC, facilitated by Brian Keller
  • Focus on: Innovative Ministry: Innovation and the church engaging post-quarantine, 2nd Thursday, 10-2, Washington: First UMC, facilitated by TBA