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Critical Ministerial Issues 2017: Assessment and Management of Volunteers in Parishes

May 10 @ 8:00 am - 4:00 pm


The Conference

The CMI Conference has, over the last few years, explored various topics which impact pastoral ministry. It has brought together clergy and pastoral staffs from a variety of parish settings and ministries to reflect on ways to better serve God’s people and more effectively respond to the needs of the minister him/herself.

This year, the Critical Ministerial Issues Conference (CMI) will focus on  Assessment and Management of Volunteers in Parishes.

We will first direct attention to Personnel Considerations for Volunteers with a morning keynote address by Dr. Nancy Kluge, PhD. Dr. Kluge has worked with various national and international church administrators, training them in sound principles of volunteer management in ministerial situations.

Morning Keynote:

People with a variety of backgrounds and interests feel the call to ministry, whether as those who go through a seminary preparation process or those who feel the call to lay ministry.  In all cases the ministry is carried out by people, and those in charge need to be able to interact with those helping them carry out the ministry in a manner that will help the ministry flourish.  Ministry is fundamentally about people, yet few of those in ministry have received any formal training in how to manage people effectively.  The morning session will be the crash course in people management, employee and volunteer personnel management 101 if you will that you didn’t get in seminary, formal schooling or life.



The afternoon will be taken up with break-out sessions on such topics as:

  • Needs Assessment for Communities
  • Position Description – How to conceptualize the job of the volunteer(s): As you will learn in the morning keynote session, the position description is the foundation on which all the other people management systems are built.  In this breakout session you will learn the basic tools you need to write an effective position description for any employee or volunteer position, and the important differences between the two.
  • Building Digital Community
  • Team Building
  • Resource Identification & Training
  • Performance Appraisal: No two words strike more terror into the hearts of those in charge of a ministry!  However, engaging in an effective performance appraisal system is critical to the success of any ministry.  In this breakout session you will learn the basic tools for designing an effective employee or volunteer performance appraisal form.  And, we will practice giving feedback to employees/volunteers who are performing in ways that lead to effective outcomes as well as those who are performing in ways that lead to ineffective outcomes.

Keynote Presenter

Dr. Kluge is a national speaker and a mental health therapist in a residential facility since 2008 where she also provides organizational behavior consultation and training services.  As a therapist she has worked in both men’s and women’s residential programs, specializing in working with those with sexual issues and addictions.  She received her Ph. D. in industrial and organizational psychology from the University of Maryland, College Park in 1987 and an M. S. in counseling psychology from Loyola University of Maryland in 2008.  Prior to her current position, she was an organizational behavior and training consultant in private industry, and a college professor and chair of a business department.

Conference Facilitator

Fr. Bryan Silva, OMI has researched, written and delivered various presentations for religious congregations and dioceses. He has served on the Standards Revision Committee for the Congregation of Major Superiors of Men (CMSM) and Praesidium. He co-authored a presentation for the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) on the topic of Internet Pornography Use Among Catholic Clergy which was delivered at their national meeting in June of 2011. He created a risk assessment program while working at St. Luke Institute in Silver Spring, Maryland which assessed the risk of clergy and religious who were on safety plans. He also created a risk assessment tool for use by the religious superiors in the CMSM.

Fr. Silva oversees the Internship and Pastoral Year programs at Oblate School of Theology. He also teaches both introductory and advanced pastoral counseling courses.

Fr. Silva’s training is largely in Forensic Psychology. His research interests include: clergy sexual misconduct, clergy formation, investigation of factors and deficits which contribute to acting-out behavior in clergy, and assessment of readiness for ministry in candidates and newly ordained clergy.

Fr. Silva’s academic interests include clergy misconduct, clergy continuing education and clergy preparation.

Tentative Agenda

9:00 – 12:00 3 hours Keynote:  Overview of Personnel Systems for Volunteers

12:00 – 1:00 1 hour Lunch

1:00 – 2:00 1 hour Breakout #1

2:00 – 2:15 15 minutes Break

2:15 – 3:15 1 hour Breakout #2

3:15 – 3:30 15 minutes Break

3:30 – 4:00 30 minutes Wrap-up & Processing





Fees include lunch.

For information or to register by phone, contact Brenda at (210) 341-1366 EXT 212

20% discount for groups of 5 or more – use coupon code cmigroup at checkout.

All refunds subject to 10% processing fee.



May 10
8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Event Category:


Continuing Education
210-341-1366 x 212


Whitley Theological Center
285 Oblate Drive
San Antonio , TX 78216 United States
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(210) 341-1366 x 406

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  • Ricardo Luzondo
  • Juan Carlos Rodriguez
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  • SR. Elsa Garcia
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