Mentoring Groups

Serving ministers through mentoring groups

Our mentoring network is a network of practicing congregational leaders from across Canada who meet via video conference to share and support one another in congregational ministry. These groups began as an effort to support graduating students as they entered congregational work. Today they include new and seasoned leaders from across Canada who share a mutual calling to lead and serve the Church.

Our mentoring groups are communities of praxis and support the critical movement from experience to reflection and study, to new actions and experience. This process cultivates not only personal renewal in ministry, but also critical skills for leading renewal in congregations.

Monthly mentoring groups

Each of our groups is led by an experienced congregational leader and has its own rhythm and focus. Below are a few of the themes some of our groups are exploring.

  • Navigating Transition – For ministers navigating congregational or vocational seasons of transition
  • Spiritual Direction – For new ministers, seminarians, or anyone looking for additional spiritual direction in their vocational journey
  • Vocational Growth – Examining oneself and growth in relation to the work of ministry
  • Generosity & Stewardship – Learning and coaching stewardship in our congregations
  • Congregational Growth and Vitality – Supporting those leading change and congregational renewal

These groups provide a confidential environment for ongoing support, prayer, reflection on ministry, and soul care. The mentoring program is open to all ministers ordained to a ministry of Word and Sacrament.

If you would like to join a group or attend a group meeting as a visitor, please contact us.

An annual retreat for pastors in ministry

In addition to our monthly meetings, The Presbyterian College hosts an annual mentoring retreat on our campus in downtown Montreal. The yearly onsite meeting is a time of retreat, reflection, community building and learning. Our schedule is intentionally light and includes morning prayers and worship, selected seminars, and time for personal solitude and reflection. In addition groups enjoy the opportunity to meet face-to-face in the lovely environment of the McGill campus in Montreal.

2019 Mentoring Retreat

Monday June 17th to Thursday June 20th
Beginning Monday at Noon
Ending Thursday after Supper

This year our theme is “The Changing Canadian Context and What it Means for the Church.” We are welcoming Dr. Arch Wong, Associate Director of the Flourishing Congregations Institute, and Professor of Pratical Theology at Ambrose University. Arch is a teacher, researcher and former pastor, and we are delighted to host him and learn from his research of flourishing congregations in Canada.

 

 Ministry through Music by Cody Anderson

In addition, we are pleased to welcome visiting musician and worship minister, Cody Anderson, from Faith Covenant Church in Winnipeg, MB. Cody is a talented worship leader and songwriter who will be leading us in worship as well as sharing with us the inspiration for some of his music as a writer.

Get a taste of music from Cody’s 2018 album, Sacred Longings below.

 

 

In addition to these special guests we will be enjoying:

  • Mentoring group time
  • Learning from each other (times of short sharing from participants)
  • Select continuing education segments from faculty
  • Time for rest and relaxation
  • Evening excursions to area interests around Montreal

 

Would you like more information about joining our mentoring network?  We’d love to hear from you!  For more information, please contact:

Tim Keener

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