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No Clergy Search Consultant Training workshops are scheduled at this time.
Please see training schedule for a complete listing of all training programs.
Some of these programs may also be offered as webinars. See Webinar Schedule for details.
This program is based on the Appreciative Inquiry revision of Assessing Skills and Discerning Calls by Drs. Robert and Kim Voyle.
In this 2.5 day workshop participants will learn how to use the appreciative inquiry approach when conducting clergy searches including how to:
The Appreciative Way suggests that we need to focus our search strategies on:
Once these questions are answered then the focus can turn to the candidates.
Behind these questions is the idea that effective ministry occurs when clergy and congregations create a context that calls forth the best from each other, and within that best to discover the mystery of God's presence, purpose and calling.
This appreciative approach contrasts many search processes which ultimately get decided on whether or not each party can tolerate the worst that the other has done and is likely to do. The appreciative approach does not gloss over these problems or flaws but goes beyond them to discern if a positive foundation can be found to establish a productive ministry relationship.
We used the Biblical Model for the calling of Matthias (Acts 1:21-26) in developing Assessing Skills and Discerning Calls. When the Apostles needed to replace Judas they used a four step process:
These four steps are crucial for effective clergy calling. In our experience difficulties in the search process arise primarily for three reasons:
This program qualifies for 14 contact hours of continuing education credit.
This program is designed for church leaders and consultants engaged in assisting congregations in their search processes. It would be appropriate for:
The following is a typical workshop schedule. The exact schedule may vary depending on location.
For each specific program a flyer with dates, schedule times, and continuing education hours can be found on the training schedule page.
This program usually starts in the morning on the third day of the appreciative inquiry training.
9:00-12:00 Session 7
12:00-1:30 pm Lunch
1:30-3:15 pm Session 8
3:15-3:45 pm Walking Meditation and Reflection
3:45-5:30 pm Session 9
9:00-12:00 Session 10
12:00-1:30 pm Lunch
1:30-3:15 pm Session 11
3:15-3:45 pm Walking Meditation and Reflection
3:45-5:30 pm Session 12
9:00-12:00 Session 13
Specific times and costs may vary depending on the sponsoring organization.
Please check the schedule and registration page for additional workshop specific information.
Note: The above schedule includes meals for commuters. When residential accommodation is provided, residential participants will also be provided with Breakfast and Supper during the course of the week.
Early Bird 4 weeks before session:
Within 4 weeks of session:
Participants at the training will receive a personal copy of
Assessing Skills and Discerning Calls
Participants who register at the same time for the consecutive Introduction to Appreciative Inquiry and The Search Consultation Training will receive a $50 discount.
While developed with clergy in mind our programs would also be appropriate for:
Accommodation and facility use fees are extra and are dependent on the training locations and will be specified on the registration forms. Meals between sessions are typically provided for commuters.
Kim Voyle is a Career psychologist and has over 25 years of experience in the Human Resources and Career Development field.
Rob Voyle is an ordained Episcopal priest, psychologist, and executive coach and has over 25 years of church consulting.
Together Rob and Kim have written:
The Rev. Robert Voyle was invaluable to making our search process a success. He led the committee members in Appreciative Inquiry exercises to build up the relationships of the team members and to begin to articulate some common understandings of the core values of our diocese.
Rob coached us to keep a clear perspective of what we had discerned as the skills and gifts necessary for our next bishop and to let this guide our work. He was also at the other end of the telephone or email when specific issues came up that would be helped by his experience and knowledge.
Joanna Shreve, Co-Chair Diocese of El Camino Real Bishop Search Committee
Rob's combination of organizational savvy, teaching skills, theological & spiritual integration, and ability to rapidly build supportive, learning communities is quite simply the best in any of
the churches today.
Gray Temple, Episcopal Priest, Author & Coach
After 45 years in the pastoral ministry and attending three events led by Rob Voyle, I have finally learned a better way to help church leaders help themselves and the people they serve.
John Wilkerson, Director: Church Leadership Coaching & Consulting
Rob's appreciative coach training helped me to rethink the way I approach and provide
Dr. George Moses, Pastoral Counselor
Rob will enhance your ability to delight in yourself, your neighbor and God through his insightful, practical, loving, professionally grounded, appreciative and often mischievous coaching and
teaching skills; and that will make you a better leader and citizen in God's creation.
Ed Leidel, Episcopal Bishop and Congregational Coach serving North America
"I have been fully engaged emotionally, intellectually, and spiritually. Thank you for touching me at the core of my being."
M.E. Member of the UCC Church.
"Of all the training I have been to, your notes are the ones I keep coming back to time and again for practical resources."
P.W. Conference Pastor.
Rob's training is full of heart, wit, and passion.
E.R. Executive Coach
Rob's educational model brings body, mind and spirit together. I have been challenged intellectually, transformed spiritually, touched emotionally, gathering in communally. He came into my life at just the right time.
Jean Holmes, Presbyterian Pastor