Facilitator Training

Workshops designed to train clergy and lay leaders to design spiritual formation programs, provide spiritual formation services, spiritual retreats, congregational leadership training programs, and other educational programs.


Conflict Transformation Dialogue Day Facilitator Training

  • Purpose:  To train clergy and lay leaders to use our Conflict Transformation Resource Materials to offer Conflict Transformation Dialogue Days in their congregations.
  • Description: A day-long facilitator training program.
  • Target Population: Clergy, lay leaders, Christian educators.
  • Methods & Materials: Pre-workshop reading, presentation, discussion, Q & A, structured dialogue. Primary text –  Paradoxy: Creating Christian Community Beyond Us and Them, along with supplementary conflict transformation resources.
  • Session Length & Frequency: One Day (6 hours instruction).
  • Faculty: The Rev. Ken Howard, Spiritual Formation Center associates. 
  • Location: St. Nicholas Episcopal Church 
  • Cost: $95 per person (discount for teams)


Retreat Design & Facilitation Training Program

  • Purpose: To train members of congregations to design and facilitate spiritual formation retreats.
  • Description: A two-day experiential train-the-trainer program covering instructional design and facilitation skills for congregation-based retreats.  
  • Session Length & Frequency: 12 hours (two days) 
  • Methods & Materials: Reading, presentation, discussion, structured experiences, participant instructional planning with feedback, and participant presentations with coaching.
  • Faculty: The Rev. Ken Howard, The Rev. Joan Beilstein, Terri Murphy, Charlotte Rogers. 
  • Location: St. Nicholas Episcopal Church, Germantown, MD, Ascension Episcopal Church, Silver Spring, MD
  • Cost: $195 per participant (discounts for teams).


Anam Cara/Spiritual Friend Training Program*

  • Purpose: To train members of congregations to serve as Anam Cara (Spiritual Friends) to others in their congregation (under the oversight of parish clergy).
  • Description: A two-day experiential train-the-trainer program covering basic concepts and practices of spiritual friendship and mutual accountability.  
  • Session Length & Frequency: 12 hours (two days) 
  • Methods & Materials: Reading, presentation, discussion, structured experiences, participant instructional planning with feedback, and participant presentations with coaching.
  • Faculty: The Rev. Ken Howard, The Rev. Joan Beilstein, Terri Murphy, Charlotte Rogers. 
  • Location: St. Nicholas Episcopal Church, Germantown, MD, Ascension Episcopal Church, Silver Spring, MD
  • Cost: $195 per participant (discounts for teams).
* This program is currently under development.

Godly Play Teacher Training*

  • Purpose: To train Sunday school teachers to facilitate children's learning using the Godly Play curriculum.
  • Description: A half-day training session in the Godly play principles and techniques..  
  • Session Length & Frequency: 3 hours (one-half day or one evening) 
  • Methods & Materials: Presentation, discussion, experiential learning. Handouts provided.
  • Faculty: Terri Murphy
  • Location: St. Nicholas Episcopal Church, Germantown, MD, Ascension Episcopal Church, Silver Spring, MD.
  • Cost: TBD
* This program is currently under development.

Protecting God's Children*

  • Purpose: To train Sunday school teachers youth group leaders and others who work with children and youth in the laws and policies governing the prevention of child sexual abuse, and what to do if the observe or suspect it..
  • Description: A half-day training session on preventing child sexual abuse in church settings...  
  • Session Length & Frequency: 3 hours (one-half day or one evening) 
  • Methods & Materials: Presentation, discussion, experiential learning. Handouts provided.
  • Faculty: Various Spiritual Formation Centers associates.
  • Location: St. Nicholas Episcopal Church, Germantown, MD, Ascension Episcopal Church, Silver Spring, MD.
  • Cost: TBD,
* This program is currently under development.

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