Resources for Clergy

Critical Incident Debriefings in Congregations: Provides a debriefing following a time of tragedy, significant loss, or trauma. Provides tools for healing and self-care for clergy and congregational members.

Congregational Prevention and Intervention: A consultant works with your congregation and leadership to identify issues or concerns along with strengths and passions of the congregation.

Conflict Management Skills Training: Training for congregations and pastors in effective strategies of dealing with conflict. Explores ways of understanding and transforming the congregation.
Parish Protection Program: Obtain all the tools necessary to develop a parish protection program within your congregation. Covers screening, background checks, training, and supervision of staff and volunteers and appropriate policies to protect your congregation and the children you minister too.

Leadership and Executive Counseling for Clergy: Leadership Coaching for clergy can help you become stronger and more effective. Clergy coaching explore challenges in personal and church life and helps you become the best pastor and person you can be. Coaches discuss personal goals, give new perspectives on parish life and administrative tasks to give new perspective and offer new possibilities.

Coaching plans are centered on increasing effectiveness in ministry and are collaboratively developed between coach and pastor. Assessments can be used to help deepen understanding of personality and leadership style. This knowledge helps increase effective interactions with staff, church leaders, and congregation members. Coaching can increase confidence, competence, and commitment to maximize ministry potential.

How can I . . .
  • Be a more motivational and influential pastor?
  • Develop and maintain a healthy church culture?
  • Create a more inspirational vision?
  • Lead a congregation through change?
  • Listen and communicate more effectively?
  • Manage conflict?
  • Establish a trusting relationship with staff and other leaders?
  • Coach and mentor others?
  • Become an emotionally intelligent pastor?
  • Work through challenges and opportunities of a new ministry?
  • Prepare to transition to a new call?
  • Find balance in my life and ministry?

Coaching is a proven method to increase and enhance professional and personal performance. Through ongoing one-on-one or group sessions, individuals are guided in exploring and expanding their vision, unlocking potential, and reaching desired goals with increased confidence, competency, and commitment.

Coaching sessions are based on the schedules of the client and the coach. Sessions are scheduled 1 to 2 times per month with additional work being done between sessions. Each 50-minute session can be conducted in person or over the phone. Coaching relationships typically last between 3-6 months but can continue if the client so chooses. Client and coach may choose to keep in touch between sessions via e-mail or phone.

For more information or to register for any of these programs,

Contact Dr. Dan Feaster at the Samaritan Counseling Center, 608-663-0763 ext. 200 or email:

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Clergy Leadership Program

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Prepare-Enrich Program

A program for pre-married couples, and married couples to help them identify and work with strengths and grow areas within their relationship.

The new Prepare-Enrich customized version is intended for clergy and counselors working with seriously dating, engaged, or married couples.
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