Pastors in the Central Texas Conference can now apply for the next group of HCI Pastoral Leadership Development (PLD) classes for the HCI Larger Church Initiative. For the first time, the HCI offerings will also include a PLD 2 class for pastors who have completed the first PLD class. These classes will begin in September. In the fall, applications for our next set of Small Church Initiative workshops will be available for classes to begin in January 2014.
These Pastoral Leadership Development (PLD) classes, in which small groups of pastors come together for in-depth reading, peer learning and mutual support, are the foundation of the HCI transformation process for larger churches. The pastors’ learning is augmented through support from trained coaches throughout the eight-month span of the class.
Every pastor who joins a PLD or PLD 2 class is encouraged to invite a few key lay leaders to join a Lay Leadership Development (LLD) or LLD 2 class to run concurrently with their PLD group. These lay classes support and complement the ongoing learning of the pastor groups. Both groups are led by trained facilitators to give both pastors and laity the tools to strengthen their leadership skills. Throughout these classes, the groups focus on the need for change and the steps to make change.
PLD classes are for pastors in churches with average worship attendance of at 80 or more each week. PLD 2 classes are for pastors who completed the first PLD class, but who did not request an HCI Consultation, the second phase of the HCI process. Acceptance into a PLD or PLD 2 group will be dependent on approval of District Superintendents and space availability. Applications will be accepted through June 14. After pastors are accepted into a PLD class, they will receive applications for laity in their churches to register for an LLD group.
Our next round of classes for our Small Church Initiative, designed for churches with average worship attendance of less than 80, will begin in January 2014. Applications for those churches will be available in September.
to learn more about the HCI process or to download an application for a PLD or PLD 2 class.