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A parish development clinic 

Background: The Order of the Ascension is developing a one time Parish Development Clinic. We are in the process of working out the details. The idea emerged in our work on establishing an effective formation program for novices. Currently there are two novices. For the Order the clinic is just a small part of the overall formation program. 

At Chapter this year both of the novices said they knew of other clergy in need of the kind of training they were receiving in the formation program. That lead to the possibility of opening just the clinic to a few others. We can manage a total of six participants --  the two OA novices and four others.

 

The clinic: An integration of practical parish issues and Anglican pastoral/ascetical theology and strategy. With a touch of organization development.  Participants come having read 4 books (yes, a lot of reading to get done before arriving). They each take a self administered exam based on the readings. This allows each participant to know that all other participants come ready to engage the work.

Each participant will prepare several presentations. The presentations will follow a format provided by the trainer/coaches. That format will be a mix of hard and soft data, asectical/pastoral theology, organization development all wrapped around a real need in parish life.  For example: incorporating new members, managing the polarization in American society as it appears in the parish church.

Registration: Once we have pinned down the dates we'll open up the registration process. 

Participants: Must be the priest-in-charge of a parish church (a vicar, rector, priest in charge) 

Dates: To be determined

Location: Seattle, WA

Participants: Limit of six

Trainer/coaches: Michelle Heyne, OA and Bob Gallagher, OA  See bottom of the page for information.


Schedule

Tuesday- Friday. 9:00 am - 6:00 pm

9:00 Morning Prayer

9:30 Work session 

Lunch - in neighborhood

1:15 Work session

3:00 break

3:20 Work session

5:30 Evening Prayer

6:00 End for day

 

Advance work

1. Read 3 or 4 books (we will make that more specific in the coming weeks). You need to come being very familiar with the material in the books. Please read them again if you haven't read them recently.

Fill All Things: The Spiritual Dynamics of the Parish Church, Robert Gallagher, OA

Pastoral Theology: a reorientation, Martin Thornton

The Nearness of God: Parish Ministry as Spiritual Practice, Julia Gatta

Interventions: A Theology of the Parish Church, Michelle Heyne & Robert Gallagher --will be available to clinic participants by October 30 as book or a PDF draft

2. By December 10 - take the exam that is based on the books you have read. The Exam  Return it to Michelle Heyne. Note - you can use the Word document by typing in it and emailing that to Michelle. Or you can download it, write in your answers, scan it and return it to Michelle. Do as much as you can without opening the books during the exam.

3. Prepare presentations using the format provided at the bottom of this page. Each presentation is to be at least 25 minutes and less than 40 minutes. The number of presentations you need to prepare will depend on the number of participants, e.g., if there are 2 participants, each will come having prepared six presentations. If there are 6 participants, each will come with 2 presentations.

Core norms

1. Arrive having completed all the advance reading and presentation preparation. Having taken, self marked and passed the exam that is based on the readings. 

2. Be present 9:00 - 6:00 every day. We begin with Morning Prayer at 9:00 and end with Evening Prayer at 6:00.


Each session - Participant presents based on format provided   Michelle and Bob offer observations and theory. Other participants offer own observations 


Each participant arranges and pays own costs -- hotel, meals, travel. There is coffee available at Cafe Ladro and Metropolitan Market.

Workshop fee of $200 (for those who are not members of the Order of the Ascension

 

The trainer/coaches

Robert Gallagher, OA brings 40 years of experience in leadership training and parish development. Bob offers exceptional skills in facilitating shifts and changes in people and organizations. He provides practical methods and vision for a transformed parish. Bob has a masters degree in Organization Development from Goddard College. He lives in Seattle.

He’s been a consultant and trainer in religious systems, non-profit organizations and small businesses since 1970. Bob has been a parish priest; on the staff of or consultant to ecumenical training organizations, an industrial mission and metropolitan and state councils of churches. He served as the congregational development officer for the Episcopal Diocese of Connecticut from 1981 - 88. He has consulted with hundreds of congregations. He has served as adjunct faculty in congregational development at Hartford Seminary and Seabury-Western Theological Seminary and in Anglican Studies at Bangor Theological Seminary. He was Director of the Church Development Institute at the General Theological Seminary from 1985 - 2000 and continued as the Director of the Church Development Institute - Seattle until in 2011 when that changed to Shaping the Parish. In recent years Bob served as the Associate Priest for Ascetical and Practical Theology at Trinity Church, Seattle and as a priest associate at Saint Paul's Church and Saint Clement's Church, Seattle. He attends Saint Paul's, Seattle.  An article in the Washington Post on Bob's work.  Bob is a Professed Member of the Order of the Ascension.

Writing: Fill All Things: The Dynamics of Spirituality in the Parish Church, Ascension Press, 2008. Parish Assessment Workbook, Coauthor, a manual for conducting a self-study, Ascension Press, 1988; Faith Sharing, Coauthor, exercises for groups exploring life histories and spirituality. Ascension Press, 1989; Conformed to Christ: Structures and Standards for Parish Life, Coauthor, guidelines and samples of job descriptions for staff and committees. Ascension Press, 1983, revised 1988 and 2004 as a CD; Power from on High: A Model for Parish Life and DevelopmentAscension Press, 1982; Stay in the City, A strategy for dioceses in regard to urban parishes. Forward Movement, 1981; The Ministry of the Laity as Agents of Institutional ChangeAudenshaw Documents, 1972 and a shorter version in Asian Focus, East Asian Christian Conference, 1971. In Your Holy Spirit: Shaping the Parish Through Spiritual Practices, 2011. Understanding from Within: Working with Religious Systems, OD Practitioner, with Michelle Heyne, January 2015.  “Quality & Empowerment: Organization Development at WomenRising 1992 – 2016.”, with Michelle Heyne, Spring 2016 OD Practitioner. Books in process include:  Eucharistic Spirituality: From Audience to Congregation; Interventions: Methods and Processes for Building Healthier Parishes, with Michelle Heyne

Michelle Heyne, OA brings empathy, humor, and a solid grounding in ecclesiology and effective organizational dynamics to her work as a trainer and consultant.  She is committed to helping parish leaders bring about effective change by developing the skills they need to make the most of the gifts they already have.  She has worked as a financial services executive for over 25 years and served as a parish lay leader for 15. Michelle lives in Seattle.

Michelle served as part of the training team with the Diocese of Washington and national Shaping the Parish.  She has also done training with and received a certificate from the Church Development Institute. Michelle also has completed NTL's Organization Development Certificate program. She is a consultant in the financial services industry for organization development and compliance issues. Michelle has extensive experience with financial management, interpersonal communications and team dynamics, and developing and implementing organizational change initiatives. She has non-profit experience in the areas of team building, strategic planning, and conflict management. She attends St. Paul's, Seattle.  Michelle is a Professed Member of the Order of the Ascension and the 8th Presiding Officer of the Order.

Writing: In Your Holy Spirit: Traditional Spiritual Practices in Today's Christian LifeUnderstanding from Within: Working with Religious Systems, OD Practitioner, with Robert Gallagher, January 2015;  “Quality & Empowerment: Organization Development at WomenRising 1992 – 2016.”, OD Practitioner, with Robert Gallagher, Spring 2016. Book in process: Interventions: Methods and Processes for Building Healthier Parishes, with Robert Gallagher