Pastor Development

The First 90 Days

There is a common saying among leaders that the first 90 days in a new position can determine a person’s success. The IOCF offers a two-day workshop that provides orientation to those who will become pastor in the coming weeks. Leadership principles and suggestions for the first 90 days as pastor will be covered.

The Pastor Workshop

The Pastor Workshop is an intensive, four-day program designed to help pastors realize their full potential to lead vibrant parishes. The workshop focuses on day-to-day leadership, managerial, and administrative opportunities and challenges and provides the practical tools and skills that are necessary for success. This is a collaborative effort with The Saint Paul Seminary and the University of St. Thomas’ Department of Catholic Studies and Opus College of Business.

The Pastor Workshop also includes Mass, Liturgy of the Hours, Holy Hour, Benediction, confession and time for fraternity.

Topics covered in the four-day Pastor Workshop include:

  • Mission-Based Management
  • Church Tradition in Management
  • Pastor Leadership
  • Parish Vision and Strategic Planning
  • Delegation
  • Financial and Budget Management
  • Leadership Development
  • Human Resources
  • Building Effective Teams
  • Leading Effective Meetings
  • Managing Finance and Pastoral Councils
  • Conflict Management

Upcoming Pastor Workshop

September 29 - October 3, 2019
Christ the King Retreat Center
Buffalo, Minnesota



The total cost for the Pastor Workshop is $1,500. Scholarships are available. No pastor will be turned away.

Advanced Pastor Modules

For those who have completed the Pastor Workshop, the IOCF offers one- or two-day sessions that focus on a particular topic of pastoral leadership and management. Topics may include:

  • Strategic Planning
  • Schools
  • Finance
  • Human Resources
  • Canon Law for Pastors
  • Risk Management

Pastor Coaching

Through the IOCF, a pastor has access to one-on-one consultation and coaching from experienced laypersons who have expertise in the desired area of need. The coach accompanies the pastor in their growth as a leader and manager of their parish.

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