Clergy Workshop On-line


Pastoral Care Skill Building and Study Group for Clergy

First Mondays from 9-11 a.m. 

Topic for June 3:   Dealing with Mental Health Issues in the Congregation

This month's in person location:  May Memorial Church, Syracuse, NY. Clergy can also join by Zoom. 


First hour: Instruction, skill building and facilitated discussion around specific teachings.

Second hour: Seminar format in which clergy describe situations in their own congregation they want guidance on. Group will discuss and give input using approaches and techniques learned in the sessions. . Clergy will keep identifies of congregants private to the best of their ability and group will adhere to strict confidentiality. 


The Rev. Dr. Lynn Acquafondata, is licensed mental health counselor in private practice in Rochester, New York and owner of Congremap: Congregational Systems Consulting. She has served congregations and has worked as a hospice and hospital chaplain.


For clergy of any faith.  This will start out as an open group in which clergy can come and go, however the size will not exceed six people per session.

Time/Location: Group will meet for two hours once a month. Group will alternate months in Syracuse and in Rochester, however clergy can join by Zoom if they do not wish to travel. It will be on ongoing group.


$50 per session for one session.  $120 for three sessions. 

Continuing education certificates available on request. 


Contact Rev. Dr. Lynn at 585-330-1340 [email protected]

Overall Goals:

  • Learn the difference between pastoral care, pastoral counseling and spiritual direction
  • Understand when to refer to other professionals
  • Work on setting boundaries with difficult congregants
  • Work on pastoral care skills including reflective listening skills and managing personal stress and reactivity in order to be fully present
  • Learn how Bowen family systems and congregational systems perspectives can strengthen pastoral care
  • Be introduced to some of Lynn Acquafondata’s teachings and tools that expand on existing family and congregational systems
  • Learn to listen and respond systemically

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