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  • Mentoring strengthens us all

    Mar 27, 2014 | Pastoral Excellence Network

    By George Mason | The headline in The Dallas Morning News sports story read: “Mentor role was not good fit for Kinsler.” The article went on to report on a story from ESPN The Magazine that second baseman Ian Kinsler had blanched at the request of Texas Rangers’ management to give leadership to younger players on the baseball team. He was subsequently traded to the Detroit Tigers and let his feelings be known.

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  • Reversing the great reversal: A role of pastoral residencies

    Mar 13, 2014 | Pastoral Excellence Network

    By Amy Butler | I would venture to guess that for many of us clergy types our winding personal paths toward work in the church made all kinds of sense when we first set out. In my experience, the church was a place filled with people who loved me, a setting in which I formed a clear understanding of God, and the place where I found direction and vocation. What’s not to love?

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  • Mentoring and Jenga

    Feb 27, 2014 | Pastoral Excellence Network

    By Lawrence Peers | Recently I had the joy of facilitating a three day intensive training-of-trainers for new clergy mentors. I will never forget the opening gathering of the training. One of the worship leaders, Rev. Vanessa Southern, asked participants to remember some of the challenges of their early years of ministry. As each rose to tell their story, each was invited to also play a game of Jenga.

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  • Not just a “branch office”: Pastoral excellence INSPIRE-d in the local Catholic parish

    Feb 13, 2014 | Pastoral Excellence Network

    By William A. Clark, SJ | Oftentimes, Catholics have tended to understand church through its “universal” structures. Consequently, the local community or local “parish” might be viewed as “the bottom of the ladder” in a hierarchical church. Despite the direct and essential role played by the parish for generations of Catholics, it has often been understood as merely a functional “branch office.”

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  • The pastor’s challenge in creating collaborative teams

    Jan 30, 2014 | Pastoral Excellence Network

    By Mark Bersano | INSPIRE: Identify, Nurture, and Sustain Pastoral Imagination through Resources for Excellence. The mission of INSPIRE, a Sustaining Pastoral Excellence (SPE) partnership between Loyola University Chicago and the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Chicago, is to form lay and ordained members of Catholic parish staffs into cohesive Pastoral Leadership Teams (PLTs).

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