Over a two-year period, a group of six to eight clergy works their way through a series of books on leadership and congregational development. They meet between seven to nine times a year. At each meeting, one person is responsible for an overview of the book and presenting a “critical incident”, in effect a case study that engages some of the insights from the book in question. Group members become a source of support to each other in their ministry as well as developing skills and knowledge in church leadership.

Basic orientation (eg. organization development, catechetical, or missional)

Missional organization development

Primarily designed to be implemented by (eg lay or ordained; diocesan staff)



No cost other than buying the books.

Facilitator requirements

The group needs a facilitator who can set the tone for the discussion and coordinate the administration.

Approximate duration

Two years

Denominational orientation (eg. Anglican or other)

Developed in the Diocese of Edmonton, the books are from a variety of sources, including business leadership.

Broader context (eg. rural or urban; size of parish)

Applicable to clergy leading any size of parish in any location.

Ease of replication (eg. how easy would it be to start this in a new place?)


For more information

Contact Chris Pappas.

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Contact: Chris Pappas E-mail Chris Pappas Diocese of Edmonton

Reviewed: May 25, 2016