FORMATION FOR LAY PASTORAL MINISTERS: Community of Hope

appelbergFebruary 28 | 10:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. (including light lunch)

St.Mark’s Episcopal Cathedral

519 Oak Grove Street, Minneapolis, MN

Free of charge.   Lunch provided for those who register.

This workshop is open to anyone interested in pastoral ministry training.

Founded twenty years ago and established in parishes all over the US as well as in Mexico, Canada, and Africa, Community of Hope International is a model for pastoral ministry in the broadest sense.   The fourteen-unit training, grounded in Benedictine spirituality, creates a community, a team, whose members deepen their own spiritual lives. They form relationships of trust among themselves and support one another as they serve their larger communities.

Participants worship, learn and journey together. They discern their vocations within pastoral ministry based on their unique spiritual gifts. The bonds they form in the training continue to grow and deepen afterward in regular gatherings called the Circle of Care.

The Reverend Helen Appelberg, the founder of Community of Hope International, will be the featured speaker in the workshop on February 28.  There will also be a session devoted to the practical side of creating a COH center.   Helen is an inspiring leader and possesses extraordinary wisdom in pastoral ministry rooted in the Rule of Benedict.   The workshop is sponsored by St. Mark’s Episcopal Cathedral in partnership with St. John the Baptist Linden Hills, Trinity Excelsior, and St. John the Evangelist in St. Paul. All four parishes, who have committed to COHI, decided to share this program with the wider church of the ECMN.

To register, email kate.bradtmiller@stjohnsstpaul.org. Include your preferred name (first and last), faith community, whether you would like lunch, and any dietary restrictions.

For more information about Community of Hope, visit http://www.cohinternational.org/

Click here for directions to St. Mark’s Cathedral.