CLERGY FACE CHALLENGES, BOTH PERSONAL AND PROFESSIONAL, THAT ARE UNIQUE TO THEIR CONTEXT AND VOCATIONAL TRAJECTORY. THE COLLOQUY FOR CLERGY SERIES PROVIDES OPPORTUNITY FOR REFLECTION ON PRACTICE WITH PEERS AND PEER MENTORS, FOR DISCERNMENT AND RENEWAL.
Who should attend
This application-based program is designed for clergy who are seeking to participate in a professional formative conversation, or to reflect on their vocational experience and assess their ability to meet the leadership demands/needs of their organization. Attention will be given to addressing common experiences and issues of clergy cohorts: facing either a normative or unanticipated ministry challenge, career transition, standing at a vocational crossroads of some sort, engaging in reflective self-assessment, and finding support among peers.
2018-2019 Colloquy for Clergy Dates and Applications
Application is limited for each event. Please apply early. Participants must commit to attending both sessions of the colloquy.
- Application for Colloquy for Latino/a Clergy
- Fall: September 17-19, 2018
Spring: February 18-20, 2019 (UPDATED)
This colloquy is designed for Latino/a congregational clergy in full time ministry who are seeking to participate in a professional formative conversation to reflect on their vocational experience. Attention will be given to addressing common experiences and issues of Latino/a clergy.
- Lead by Aracelis Vazquez Haye, bio
- Lead by Ruben Ortiz
- A native of Santiago de Cuba, Ortiz relocated to Quito, Ecuador in 1993 after graduating with a Bachelor’s degree in music. During his years in Ecuador, Ortiz was the Regional Communication Coordinator for MAP International, a nonprofit organization specializing in reaching and developing impoverished communities through holistic missions.After his relocation to the United States in 2000, Ruben served as the Senior Pastor of La Primera Iglesia Bautista Hispana de Deltona, Florida, for 16 years before becoming the Latino Field Coordinator of the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship.
Also a certificated Spiritual Director, Ruben and his wife, Xiomara, have two teenage children, Natalia Sofia and Daniel Andrés
- Application for Colloquy for Clergy in Rural Church Contexts
- Fall: August 6-8, 2018
Spring: February 11-13, 2019
This colloquy is designed for pastors in a rural ministry context to reflect on their vocational experience, and to assess and take agency for thriving in ministry. Attention will be given to addressing common experiences and issues of the minister in a rural setting, facing either a normative or unanticipated career transition, balancing bivocational lifestyle, standing at a vocational crossroads of some sort, engaging in reflective self-assessment and finding support among peers.
- Lead by Jonathan Davis, bio
- Lead by Camille Josey, bio
Location, Fees and Housing
Location: The Harrington Center, the Center for Lifelong Learning at Columbia Theological Seminary, Decatur, GA
Program Fee: $650 for both sessions. Clergy accepted into the program may apply for financial assistance for program fees after acceptance.
Housing and meals: Housing is not included with the program fee. Rooms are available at the Center for Lifelong Learning on the campus of Columbia Theological Seminary. Accepted applicants will make reservations upon acceptance and completion of registration. Meals are included in the registration fee.
Upcoming Colloquy for Clergy Events
Young, Black Church Pastors
Pastors Leading a Congregation to Closure
Second Career Clergy
Women of Color
Clergy Transitioning into Retirement
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