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The Good Shepherding School for Lay Pastoral Ministry provides mandatory training for Lay Pastoral Assistants [LPAs].
Those interested in discerning a call to lay pastoral ministry by taking part in this education should contact 281-332-5553.
Presenting the 2015 Class of the Good Shepherding School for Lay Pastoral Ministry at St. Christopher, League City! A closing Eucharist and presentation of certificates were held on Saturday, June 6, at Holy Trinity Episcopal Church in Dickinson. Among the members are 18 new Lay Pastoral Assistants for Holy Trinity, and 3 for St. Christopher. These new LPAs were commissioned in simultaneous celebrations of new ministry at both parishes on Sunday, June 7. This brings the number of graduates of the GSS to more than 60 in six parishes since the founding of the school in 2013.
2015 Good Shepherding School
2014 Good Shepherding School
Standard Class Schedule
6:30 - 6:45pm Evening Prayer
6:45 - 7:25pm Module
7:25 - 7:45pm Break with Scripture/Theological Reflection
7:45 - 8:25pm Module
8:25 - 8:30pm Closing Prayer (leaders rotate)
Module A, Pastoral Theology 101
Module B, Growing Always: Spirituality of Pastoral Ministry
Module A, Stewarding the Self, Caring for Others
Module B, Seen and Unseen: Confidentiality, Boundaries, Loving Limits
Module A, The Pastoral Visit in Presence and In Practice
Module B, Narratives of Pain: Words, Deeds, Images, and God
Unit Break - Intentional Rest and Reflection
Module A, Death, Dying, and Mourning
Module B, Recognizing Crisis and Loss: Depression, Situational Sadness
Module A, Agents of Peace: Family Systems and Relationships
Module B, Ears of the Heart, Active Listening, Empathy
Module A, The Debrief, Accompaniment, and Reporting
Module B, Various Gifts, Faithfully Administered: 1 Peter 4:10
SATURDAY LPA RETREAT
8am - 9:15am, Practicum, Methodist St. John Hospital, Clear Lake
9:00 - 9:30am, Commute Time
9:45 - 10:30am, Eucharistic Theology
10:45 - 11:30am, Student Community Eucharist
11:45am - noon, Class Photos
Noon - 1pm, Community Lunch with Presentation of Certificates
2013 Good Shepherding School