Peer Learning Groups for Ministers
Peer Learning Groups (PLGs) meet monthly to provide opportunities for worship, spiritual growth, study, discussion of ministry-related issues and fellowship. Currently, there are over 111 PLGs of 6-12 members. Special interest is given to ministers in their first seven years of ministry, ministers in rural settings, and ministers in multi-staff congregations.
Each group is led by a convener who was trained during the Fellowship’s General Assembly. The convener and group members determine the focus of each month’s gathering. The Fellowship provides the groups with suggested resources related to promoting pastoral excellence and congregational health.
PLGs are a component of the Fellowship's Missional Congregations Initiative. Many of the first groups that began meeting in August and September of 2003 under a pilot program sponsored by the Lilly foundation are still meeting. New groups are being formed and additional members are welcome.
The networks are spread across four geographic regions. For information on each region visit:
Groups in Region 1 (LA, MS, TX) --- Bill Bruster, Regional Director
Groups in Region 2 (AR, KS, KY, MO, OK, TN, West) --- Steve Graham, Regional Director
Groups in Region 3 (AL, FL, GA, SC) --- Laura Stephens-Reed, Regional Director
Groups in Region 4 (NC, VA, Mid-Atlantic) --- Layne Smith, Regional Director
For general information, contact Harry Rowland, director, Missional Congregations at 770-220-1604.
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