Pastoral Care Specialist Program

Classes Begin this Fall 2018.

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This two-year course is designed for clergy, parish nurses, Stephen ministers, chaplains and others involved in pastoral care ministries. Meeting monthly, participants learn about areas critical to effective pastoral care, and receive support, encouragement and consultation on their work. Participants will reinforce what they already do well and integrate new knowledge and skills into their ministries.

Dates and Time: 12 noon – 3 p.m. monthly, every second Thursday beginning September 2018 and ending June 2020 (No class July and August)

Tuition: $600 for each of the two years, plus a $50 non-refundable registration fee. To discuss a payment plan option for tuition, please contact Diane McClanahan, the Center’s Director of Leadership and Spiritual Life.

Topics for year one (2018-2019) include:

September 13: Topic: “Caring for the Anxious: Being a Non-Anxious Presence in an Anxious
World”  Presenter: Allison Li, L.I.S.W.

October 11: Topic: “Whole-hearted Listening” Presenter: Suzanne Stout, M.Div., Spiritual Director

November 8: Topic: “Memory Loss and Cognitive Decline” Presenter: Mark Minear, Ph.D.

December 13: Topic: “Living with Illness and Chronic Pain: From Adversity to Transformation”
Presenter: Diane Glass, Spiritual Director

January 10: Topic: “Mindful Ministry” Presenter: Mark Minear, Ph.D.

February 14: Topic: “Suicide Awareness and Prevention in Faith Communities”
Presenter: Diane McClanahan, M.Div.

March 14: Topic: “Evil in Every Day Life”  Presenter: Jeff Means, M. Div., Ph.D.

April 11: Topic: “Forgiveness: Practical Applications and Implications of Forgiveness in
Ministry.” Presenter: Jim Hayes, D.Min.

May 9: Topic: “Ministry with LGBTQ Individuals” Presenter: Douglas Aupperle, Ph.D.

June 13: Topic: “Working Constructively with Conflict” Presenter: Diane McClanahan, M.Div.

1. Set up a meeting with Diane McClanahan to make sure the program is a good fit:
2: Register below – $50 non-refundable fee to hold your spot in the course. $600 tuition will be due in September 2018


Diane McClanahan, M.Div., Director of Leadership and Spiritual Life at the Center

For additional information contact: Diane McClanahan, Director of Leadership and Spiritual Life at 





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