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Clergy Peer Groups Transform Ministry

Twelve years ago, the Massachusetts Conference of the United Church of Christ was engaged in a dozen active reviews of possible clergy violations of conference guidelines; there has been a dramatic reduction in those reviews, attributable to the development of peer-oriented Communities of Practice that help ministers learn from one another to better navigate their personal and professional lives. Now, judicatory leaders have time to think strategically about the changing landscape of their communities and explore ways to respond to emerging needs and interests. Learn more about Communities of Practice by reading “Peer groups change the work of denominational officials,” which includes reflection questions. Also read the transcript of "Cultivating Communities," a conversation  with William Snyder, co-author of "Cultivating Communities of Practice: A Guide to Managing Knowledge," and watch excerpts from his interview. Both are published on Faith & Leadership, the online magazine of Leadership Education at Duke Divinity School.

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