Practicum Workshops

Before launching into the practicum discernment groups, participants prepare in several workshop sessions: (1) They go through appendices 1 and 2 of the 20th Anniversary Edition of Listening Hearts: Discerning Call in Community item by item with time for questions, comments, and discussion; (2) they review the duties of a discernment group, the focus person, the convener, and the discerners as outlined in this manual; and (3) members of the training class, after reading chapter 6 of Grounded in God: Listening Hearts Discernment for Group Deliberations (“Spiritual Consensus: A Way of Coming Together in Christ”), discuss spiritual consensus, especially as it relates to a discernment group.

After completing the required number of practicum discernment sessions, a final workshop session provides an opportunity for the trainees to share reflections on the training experience, pull together learnings, raise questions, fill out the “Practicum Group Final Evaluation” forms, and determine if further practicum sessions are desirable. Sometimes a festive meal is planned to cap off this event.

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