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Ingathering and Orientation

Two Sample Plans

Developed by Rev. Jann Halloran, Rev. Kirk Loadman-Copeland, Rev Tracey Wilkinson, and Rev. Jeannie Shero

Sample Plan 1

Invite new and existing students, interns, their partners, internship committee members, and area ministers (especially vocational advisors.)

9:00 a.m.   Opening worship

9:30 a.m.   Introductions  Name, year in school, place in ministerial formation process, congregational membership 

10:00 a.m.  Overview of In Care Program

  • Purpose
  • Goals
  • Planning team or steering committee members
  • Project facilitator and role description
  • Student liaison and role description
  • Brief description of vocational advisors program
  • Student leadership and role description
  • Student-minister gatherings planned for the year (distribute list and/or provide a link to on-line list)

10:30 a.m.  Benefits of Living into Covenant: Student Testimonials

10:45 a.m. Student needs/ideas for the coming year Lead large group discussion or small groups facilitated by members of planning team or steering committee to help students articulate what support they will need from your in care program.

Consider using questions from Assess Student Needs. You might also consider using a technique such as World Café to help with the process.

11:30 a.m. Lunch and table topic discussions A minister sits at each table and facilitates discussion. Suggested tables:

  • Table for partners. Consider having a ministers’ partner sit with this group to share their experiences and offer encouragement. Use questions such as those found in Ministers’ Partners Topics for Discussion
  • Table for aspirants and candidates with discussions based on a topic from the Student and Minister Gatherings list or questions for formation
  • Table for aspirants and candidates focused on making the most of the vocational advisor program and have a student speak about their experience
  • Table for interns and their intern committee members with discussions based on any topics in Student and Minister Gatherings list. Consider inviting someone who has recently finished their internship to offer case studies or real-life examples of internship challenges 

12:45 p.m. Closing ritual

Sample Plan 2

Invite new and existing students, interns, and area ministers (especially vocational advisors.)
 

9:00 a.m. Opening worship

 9:30 a.m.  Introductions Name, year in school, place in ministerial formation process, congregational membership

9:45 a.m.  Overview of In Care Program

  • Purpose
  • Goals
  • Planning team or steering committee members
  • Project facilitator and role description
  • Student liaison and role description
  • Brief description of vocational advisors program
  • Student leadership and role description
  • Student-minister gatherings planned for the year (distribute list and/or provide a link to on-line list)

10:00 a.m. Benefits of Living into Covenant:  Student Testimonials

10:15 a.m. Conversation about ministerial call Lead a large group discussion or small groups facilitated by members of the planning team or steering committee.  Use questions for formation or some component(s) of discernment small group discussion

11:15 a.m. Student needs/ideas for the coming year Lead a large group discussion or small groups facilitated by members of planning team or steering committee to help students articulate what support they will need from your in care program. 

Consider using questions from Assess Student Needs. You might also consider using a technique such as World Café to help with the process.

12:00 p.m. Lunch

12:45 p.m. Closing Ritual