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.

2020 Retreat 

The upcoming annual Mentoring Group retreat will be held on May 5th to 8th, 2020, corresponding to the convocation week at the Presbyterian College.  The theme is “Renewing Worship” and will provide opportunities for rich worship experiences and for growth in worship leadership.  Details of speakers and themes are included in the following link:

http://www.presbyteriancollege.ca/2019/12/renewing-worship-conference/

We are looking forward to a great gathering, and meaningful conference schedule, with time for mentoring groups together as part of the week. The convocation events themselves (Graduates’ Lecture and Lunch), which are always meaningful and encouraging, will also be part of the schedule. 

As in the previous years, the annual mentoring program fees of $260 will cover the cost of registering to this conference, as well as meals, snacks and stay in the residence for the duration.  Space is limited, so please register soon.  For those needing travel subsidies, please contact the Mentoring Program Coordinator.

 

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

Paul Wu (Mentorship Coordinator)

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