The Bi-District Clergy (Alexandria and Arlington pastors) have 3 or 4 meetings each year. Clergy are expected to attend these gatherings and also to be meeting regularly in their clergy peer learning groups.


2019-2020 Clergy Meetings:

The focus of our clergy meetings this year is “Flourishing.”  We will consider how local churches flourish through discipleship, how clergy can flourish throughout their career and how congregations flourish through hospitality. We will hear from experts from Duke University Global Health Institute and St Paul School of Theology. Come consider how 2019-2020 might be a year of flourishing for you and your church.

  • September 11, 2019 – Stephanie Anna Hixon, the Executive Director of JustPeace: Flourishing Discipleship  (at St. Matthews UMC)

  • November 20, 2019 – Rae Jean Proeschold-Bell, Duke University: Flourishing Throughout a Life in Ministry (at Floris UMC)  *Note this meeting will have an additional session after lunch from 12:45-2:15.

  • April 29, 2020 – Amy Oden, St Paul School of Theology: Flourishing Congregations: Theology of Hospitality(at Fairfax UMC)  She will offer the second portion of her presentation after lunch. Plan to stay until about 2:15 p.m.