Bishops: Episcopal Ongoing Formation
I have found the Episcopal Ongoing Formation & Support sessions to be thought provoking and affirming of my ministry at the same time as they have given me valuable tools that I have been able to use to make my ministry more effective. It is also a valued time to be together with my brother bishops – sharing what we are dealing with and supporting each other ministerally and personally.
The Episcopal Ongoing Formation & Support sessions are ideally designed in light of the realistic challenges faced by bishops in our governance responsibility. Many, if not most of us, have not had in depth, focused, professional leadership formation, and this really fits the need. Catholic Leadership Institute is a precious gift to the Church’s leadership in its highly professional, fully ecclesial and deeply spiritual programs. I know it is assisting me to grow as a lead in ways I wasn’t even aware I needed to grown before I participated in these sessions.
The Catholic Leadership Institute is a valuable service offered to bishops as they strive to meet the diverse needs of the faithful in their dioceses. I would encourage any and all bishops to make time in their schedules to participate.
If you are a relatively new Bishop and had to deal with and learn as much as I did all at once, you have probably had little time–even in prayer–to reflect on and articulate your identity as a Bishop. These days have given me a much needed opportunity to do just that. I view this as a moment of God’s providence and gift from the Good Shepherd Himself.
Priests: Good Leaders, Good Shepherds
I found GLGS to be a high level program which takes seriously God’s call for priests to act responsibly as leaders. If leading souls to Christ is the call of the priest, then GLGS provides a way to do this with confidence and competence…Leadership skill building founded on a solid understanding of one’s own behavior, and that of others, is a great contribution
I think priests today are thrown into situations and challenges as pastors with little experience or support. The demands are great and we need the tools to better lead effectively. Of all the workshops I have participated, this particular program is applicable to our ministry and can be implemented in any setting.
It was wonderful to be with brother priests who sincerely desired to grow in their ministry and were willing to be open to that growth. The insights were around my need to be a better leader and the skills I need to develop in order to do that. Some frustrations and difficulties that seemed impossible or would just have to be endured began to look more manageable. It is worth every minute and every dollar.
Good Leaders, Good Shepherds has strengthened my own identity as a priest and my understanding of my role in the parish, diocese and the world. The program has helped me relate better with not only people in the parish but also with priests who I have come to know and be inspired by. Initially, I did not want to spend the time away from the parish but now I realize that the benefits that can result are much greater than the time away.
We need practical support like Good Leaders, Good Shepherds to increase our effectiveness as pastors since that’s what our vocation as priests is all about. Because the program approaches pastoral leadership from the point of view of observable behaviors priests will find it immediately applicable. Good Leaders, Good Shepherds is the best integrated program for self-development I have found in 30 years of adult and graduate school teaching.