Clergy Meetings

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.

Clergy meetings, like so much else, will look a little different this year.

We will begin the year with our September and November meetings via Zoom. A registration link for the September meeting will be sent to you in August. Please put these dates on your calendar:

September 9, 2020      Clergy Meeting #1 (Online) 10:00-12 NOON
November 10, 2020     Clergy Meeting #2 (Online) 10:00-12 NOON
March 18, 2021            Clergy Meeting #3  (Online) 9:30-NOON

March 18 Clergy Meeting

Pandemic Fatigue – It’s real!

When: Thursday, March 18 from 9:30 a.m. – NOON via Zoom.
Elaine Boomer, LCSW
Elaine is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with a private practice
providing psychotherapy to individuals, families, and couples in
Vienna, Virginia.

It has almost been a year since we first went into lockdown. Everyone – your congregation, your staff, you – is worn out by the recommended precautions and restrictions related to the pandemic. People are experiencing a general malaise, restlessness, irritability, difficulty concentrating on tasks and even depression as a result. Join us Thursday, March 16, 9:30 – 12. We will consider how you can help your congregation, your staff and yourself manage pandemic fatigue.

Registration is required for this clergy meeting. Register here.

November 10 Clergy Meeting

Tempered Resilience: How Leaders are Formed in the Crucible of Change

When: Tuesday, November 10 from 10 a.m. – NOON via Zoom.
Tod Bolsinger, Senior Congregational Strategist and Associate Professor of Leadership Formation at the Fuller School of Theology; author Canoeing the Mountains and Tempered Resilience: How Leaders are Formed in the Crucible of Change.

Tod Bolsinger, author of a newly released book of the same name will explore what Ed Friedman called the “key to the kingdom” for leading change. Pastors and leaders when facing change, often report, “I think I can learn adaptive change, I don’t know if I can survive it.” This seminar takes us through a tried and true process for the formation needed to move from surviving to thriving as leaders in a rapidly changing time.

Registration is required for this clergy meeting. Register here.

Sept. 9 Clergy Meeting

The Adept Church: Navigating Between a Rock and a Hard Place

When: Wednesday, September 9 from 10 a.m. – NOON via Zoom.
F. Douglas Powe, Jr.
Director of the Lewis Center for Church Leadership and James C. Logan Professor of Evangelism (E. Stanley Jones Chair)

Many congregations are struggling to move forward as vital communities during these challenging and turbulent times. Do you constantly feel like you are stuck between a rock and a hard place? Stuck between seeking to be socially active and finding ways to thrive missionally. Stuck between seeking to maintain the pre-pandemic feeling of community and the reality of dealing with a new normal.

Our time together will focus on how to navigate these dilemmas in a manner that helps your congregation take the next faithful step. You will walk away learning how adept decision making can promote greater flourishing in your context.

Clergy Peer Learning Groups might consider reading The Adept Church by F. Douglas Powe, Jr.

Registration is required for this clergy meeting. Register here.

Reading List

Clergy are encouraged to be life-long learners. The District Staff compiled this list as a resource for personal reading or for study as a peer learning group.

  • How to Lead When You Don’t Know Where You Are Going, Susan Beaumont
  • Quietly Courageous: Leading the Church in a Changing World, Gil Rendle
  • The Adept Church: Navigating Between a Rock and a Hard Place, F. Douglas Powe Jr.

Books for Racial Reconciliation

  • How To Be An Anti-Racist,Ibram X. Kendi
  • White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk about Racism, Robin DiAngelo
  • Between the World and Me,Ta-Nehisi Coates
  • The New Jim Crow, Michelle Alexander
  • Just Mercy,Bryan Stevenson
  • So You Want to Talk About Race,Ijeoma Oluo
  • Stamped from the Beginning,Ibram X. Kendi

Books for Ministry in a Pandemic

  • God and the Pandemic: A Christian Reflection on Corona Virus and its Aftermath,NT Wright
  • Virus as a Summons to Faith, Biblical Reflections in a Time of Loss, Grief and Uncertainty, Walter Brueggeman
  • Leadership for a Time of Pandemic: Practicing Resilience,Tod Bolsinger