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Principled Christian Leaders

The Center for Clergy Excellence (CCE) is a Pecometh initiative focused on outstanding spiritual leadership. Its programs address a variety of ministry needs and situations.

Core Principles 

All programs have a common core of principles as a foundation for effective Christian leaders. These are:

  • A healthy spiritual life including attention to spiritual disciplines.
  • An understanding of family systems theory, leadership through differentiation and how one's own family of origin affects one's ability to lead.
  • A plan of self-care to promote physical & emotional well-being.
  • An ability to manage a variety of competing demands to stay focused on the things that have the most impact.

CCE programs also focus on practical aspects of spiritual leadership such as preaching, administration, pastoral care, theology/doctrine and sacraments.

Congregational Development Programs

Certificate in Congregational Leadership Program

A Leadership Development Program designed for those serving as Part-Time Local Pastors and Certified Lay Ministers. It is comprised of a weekend retreat and four online courses.

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Clergy Development Tracks 

Clergy Excellence: Residency in Ministry Track

Next Program Cohort Begins: August

A retreat-based residency in ministry program for Provisional Clergy Members of the Peninsula-Delaware Annual Conference. There are three (3) four-day, three-night retreats each conference year.

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Clergy Excellence: Renewal Track

Next Cohort Begins: August 2020

A retreat-based program that combines spiritual formation and professional development designed to renew and re-tool. There are three (3) four-day, three-night retreats over a conference year.

Clergy Excellence: Leadership Track

Program Begins: September 2019

A retreat-based program to develop clergy as excellent spiritual leaders, and equip clergy to face 21st-Century challenges.  This program has trained over 200 clergy leaders across the  U.S. There are four (4) four-day, three-night retreats over an 18-month period.

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Clergy Renewal Retreats

Pandemic Clergy Retreat

Date: January 12 - 14, 2021

A Time for Rest, Renewal and Re-visioning. Program time will be used for round table discussion and sharing as we learn from each other.  Clergy personal retreats are also available.

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A Voice of the Heart Clergy Spiritual Retreat 

Next Cohort Begins: tbd

A course in spiritual development and prayer for clergy. This two-part program is designed by clergy for clergy, and has been approved by the Pen-Del Conference for 4 CEU’s.

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Pecometh Silent Retreats

Many clergy take advantage of our Silent Retreats as a time for personal prayer and renewal. Participants experience a daily rhythm of prayer, simple meals, communing with God in nature, communion, and spiritual direction.

Come for the day, stay a few days, or stay all week!

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Continuing Education Retreats 

Clergy Retirement Transition Retreat

Next Program: February 2020

Designed to help clergy who plan to retire in the next two years or those who have retired in the last two years to develop an intentional path to a meaningful and joy-filled retirement.

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Dunkle Mackey Sermon Planning Retreat

Dates: June 15 - 16, 2020 (with option to stay through June 17)

Presented by the Dunkle Mackey Preaching Seminar, this overnight retreat will provide time for clergy to focus on long-range sermon planning. 

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