Clergy Workshop On-line


Pastoral Care Skill Building and Study Group for Clergy

First Mondays from 9-11 a.m. starting March 4th

Participants will:

  • 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


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.


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. Rev. Lynn will facilitate discussion and add her perspective when appropriate. Clergy will keep identifies of congregants private to the best of their ability and group will adhere to strict confidentiality. If no one has a case, Lynn will bring a situation for the group to work on.


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]

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