Shared Leadership in Ministry

Who & Why

The Gulf Atlantic Diocese is commited to investing in our clergy, providing formation as well as lifelong learning and development opportunities. This Spring Conference is for all our clergy active in the Diocese; please consult with Bishop Alex if you are unable to attend. Retired clergy and spouses of clergy are warmly invited to participate, but there's no separate track for spouses this year (it's on the roadmap for future conferences, though). Postulants for Holy Orders should check with their rectors about participating.

The Rev. Bryan Sims, PhD, will facilitate discussion on leading together through holy harmony and synergy in the face of change. Building effective ministry teams ensures that Gospel work multiplies and that clergy aren't burning out trying to be solo-heroic leaders. Times of rest and soul care will be built into the schedule, and the clergy will renew their ordination vows as well. We will offer plenty of opportunities for nurturing collegial relationships and friendships.

Dates & Times

Registration closes February 9.

Arrive March 7, Depart March 9 following Lunch.
— Deacons and Postulants for the Diaconate: Arrive by 11:00 a.m. for Deacons' Retreat (contact Michelle Herbst if you need lodging for the night before)
— All clergy: Arrive by 4:00 p.m. for Clergy Conference

Location & Lodging

We will gather at Epworth by the Sea in St. Simon's Island, GA. The Diocese has arranged for a block of rooms on-site, or you may register as a commuter and make your own lodging arrangements. If the rooms at Epworth fill up, we have an overflow block reserved offsite; on-site lodging is more affordable so register early.

Registration & Costs

If you register as a Commuter you will need to make your own lodging arrangements. Meals are included in your registration fee. Registration closes February 9. Scholarships information is available from Michelle Herbst. Lodging options (make your selection during registration):

  • Commuter (make your own hotel reservation offsite): $50
  • Shared room (2 beds; roommate requests can be made when registering): $230
  • Private room (individual): $330
  • Private room (married couple, spouse attending): $420

If we run out of rooms on-site, an overflow block is available at a higher rate (contact Michelle Herbst directly for more information).