Continuing Education for Pastors
Without an intentional plan, we can easily jump at whatever learning opportunity seems most interesting at the time (whether or not it’s what we really need to be growing in). Here are some resources for healthy practices and planning for ongoing learning in ministry.
Reading, Watching, Listening
Short-Term Learning Opportunities
Conferences, gatherings, and the like are great opportunities to go deep in a certain area of ministry. The opportunities listed below via the links are organized learning events that are generally one week or less in length.
Formal Learning Opportunities
These are more involved programs that a pastor and/or the church may commit to for a longer period. Formal programs allow a more intensive and directed learning environment, and, the in the case of programs offered by an academic institution, the accreditation process can contribute a high standard in the educational opportunities.
Places of Learning
Perhaps you don’t know exactly what type of conference, book, or program to engage in, but you’re curious to know what some places of learning offer on an ongoing basis. Below you’ll find lists of places with short descriptions that can allow you to go deeper.
Pastors New to the CRC
For pastors who are new to the Christian Reformed Church, here is a document with suggestions on how to gain familiarity with our churches and denomination.