The anglican diocese of montreal

Post-Ordination Training

Post-ordination training in the Diocese of Montreal is a three-year program designed to build a community of practitioners for those in their early years of ordained ministry.

The program

  • Is collegial in nature
  • Provides learning opportunities as they apply to the work in ministry of the participants; strengthening effective ordained leadership.
  • Encourages a network of support for the newly ordained.
  • Creates a community of practice for those in transition.


  • Are committed to their involvement to the program in that their participation is mandatory
  • In year one and two (September to June) participants will attend five daytime sessions and one overnight weekend event.
  • In year three the participants will meet four times developing their own personal goals.

Pastoral Identity in Community (a weekend event)

  • Looks into the various roles of Priest in a faith community and how that is lived out on a day to day basis.

Time Management

  • Planning your day, week, pastoral visiting – parish ministry, diocesan ministry (i.e. committees), involvement in the larger community (boards, local government bodies, volunteer associations)

Sabbath, Self Care, Social Life

  • Introduces participants to issues of wellness, stress and burnout and offers strategies for self care, balance and support.

Community Building

  • Building Volunteer Teams- Introduces ways of recruiting, training and supporting volunteers
  • Facilitating Meetings “that Work” – Effective facilitation of meetings in a way that promotes and encourages interest for participants.

Congregations (Weekend Event)

  • Identity – Introduces notions of the congregations as systems – Family Systems Theory
  • Life Cycles – reinforces ministry in these moments of birth, marriage and death (pastoral responses)
  • Diversity – Insight and direction around issue in multicultural and diverse church and society
  • Church Size Theory
  • Congregation as Teacher – Learning from those we serve

Celebrating the Eucharist

  • With integrity and authenticity.

Continuing Education

  • Priest as a Life Long Learner – a deliberate approach to learning and development are essential to the life of the pastoral leader of the community.

The Priest as Team Member/Leader

  • Communication Skills -Working with Organist, Administrative Assistant, Verger, Sexton, Lay Pastoral Visitors. How to work with staff in a way that invites a spirit of cooperation and shared ministry.
  • Looking at team ministry in non-parochial settings.

Training for Liturgy

  • Servers, Chalice Administrators, Readers, Prayers of People

Planning and Facilitating Adult Learning

  • Introduces Learning Style Theory  and offers methods for designing and delivering education programs and events.
  • Advent Bible Study, Lenten Study/Lenten Speaker Series, Eastertide Study.

Facilitating Outreach/Social Action and Advocacy

  • PWRDF, Partners in Mission, Refugee Action, Community Organizations
  • How to encourage and incorporate ways to “look beyond Self as Community.”

Spiritual Practice

  • How do we nourish and replenish ‘life giving spirit’ within us. We will look at a variety of paths to spiritual wholeness. (Retreats, spiritual direction, quiet days, and other resources). Looks at the difference between pastoral counseling, pastoral care and spiritual direction.

Growing through Conflict

  • Conflict as teacher.
  • Negotiating Skills
  • Introduces ways of viewing conflict, judging the seriousness of the conflict and responding appropriately.

Pastoral Ministry

  • Preparing for and conducting weddings, funerals and baptisms (documentation, home visits, marriage preparation, pastoral care for the grieving)

An Introduction to Buildings, Finance and Administration

  • Being “good stewards” of the resources in our care.
  • Duties of wardens, treasurer, accountant, envelope secret


  • Looks at the motivations and reasons that cause people to seek out the church and offers appropriate ways and of serving those needs.

Children in Our Midst

  • How do we understand ministry to children in church communities? What is our role and call to this ministry?

Boundaries Behaviour and Self-Discipline

  • Explores issues of power and vulnerability in pastoral relationships and the need to set limits that allow for a safe interaction and connection within the parish community.

Preaching Workshop: (a day event)

  • Advanced teaching seminar for preachers.