The Pastoral Excellence program of the Eastern Ohio and Western Reserve Associations provides an opportunity for support and professional development for our church professionals. We offer two kinds of groups:

  • Communities of Practice
  • New Clergy Groups

Scholarship help is available upon request. Email Machelle Miller or call her at 330-940-2220 x101. For more information, email Mark Frey or call him at 330-606-7891.

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The Programs
Communities of Practice
  • Grouped geographically, or by common role or interest (see application form)
  • Led by a trained facilitator
  • Focused on support and mutually identified topics of interest
  • Meet monthly (2.5 hours) according to a schedule determined by the group
  • Five to ten participants
  • Annual fee $250 (payable when you are assigned to a group)
New Clergy Groups
  • For those newly ordained
  • Led by facilitator who is experienced in ministry
  • Focused on support and helping those new to ministry gain knowledge and develop healthy patterns for serving with excellence
  • Meet monthly (2.5 hours) according to a schedule determined by the group
  • Three to five participants
  • Annual fee $150 (payable when you are assigned to a group)