Our three curriculum tracks, born out of research and a decade of experience, apply a gospel paradigm to the stresses women in ministry face. Our unique design invites women to see their own stories in light of God’s bigger story of redemption; understand how the gospel applies to all aspects of life; unmask chosen idolatries; embrace their truest identity and calling; and live this out in community.
Parakaleo’s interactive training is firmly based in gospel theology, informed by educational theory and influenced by ongoing research. Parakaleo equips women to face the complex world of church planting and pastoral ministry. We provide a grid for viewing and living life through the gospel in the midst of life and ministry challenges with practical, tangible tools.Our unique design invites women to see their own stories in light of God’s bigger story of redemption, understand how the gospel applies to all aspects of life, unmask chosen idolatries, embrace their truest identity and calling, and live this out in community.
4-day intensive TRAINING RETREATS
Explore current issues you’re facing along with others who are on a similar journey. Investigate how your story of origin impacts your relational style, your chosen idolatries, and your church and family. And plan on doing this in a fun, relaxing format.
We use real-life scenarios ranging from boundary ambiguity to conflicts as we unpack deeper heart issues in our peer counseling groups. And we dedicate serious time to celebrating and playing!
All Parakaleo training builds off this foundational course that helps us take the truth of the gospel to our own hearts. We use practical, visual tools to make gospel theology easily accessible in the moments of crisis and ministry challenges. In this course we invite you to see your own story in light of God’s bigger story of redemption, identify how the gospel applies to all aspects of life, unmask chosen idolatries, embrace your truest identity & calling, and live this out in community. Sound exhilarating and exhausting? This week is personal, story based, practical, and surprisingly full of space to rest, play, & create. You just might return home a different person.
The Journey, Gospel, Identity, & Story
Longings, Idolatry, Self-Care, & Art Journaling
Role Navigation & Boundaries
Relating Styles and Community
This four-day experience is a fast-paced workshop designed to enhance your gospel fluency and gospel agility for conversations. You will learn how to use (and misuse) skills and tools to engage the hearts of others, helping them see themselves, their situations, and their savior(s) and inviting them to step forward in faith. This week is full of practice, practice, practice - providing opportunity to mutually come alongside one another with the gospel and your life as well.
Prerequisite: PARAKALEO BASIC TRAINING
Gospel Tools for Conversations
with Observation & Feedback
Leadership is for group leaders and trainers desiring to create an environment where the gospel is not just spoken but experienced. Our training emphasizes leading from weakness and our personal need of Jesus. We celebrate the uniqueness of each leader, challenging them to delight in and lead with their own style. In this lab, we practice leading groups, entering conflict, addressing tension in the group, training with gospel tools in a variety of venues, and learning practical ways to peer coach, connect, care, celebrate, and create. You will experience grace while being challenged to creatively weave the gospel into your training & group gatherings.
PREREQUISITE: PARAKALEO BASIC TRAINING
Instilling Gospel VALUES in Your Group
Group Facilitation Skills
Training Groups with Gospel Tools
Leading & Training
Observation & Feedback
LOVE GIFT SCHOLARSHIP
Because of the generosity of many donors through the 2016 Love Gift, Parakaleo is offering 30 partial scholarships for PCA ministry women, including church planting spouses, chaplain wives, RUF wives, and others. These Love Gift scholarships will cover the $600 training fee for any Parakaleo four-day intensive training retreat in 2017-2018 (full cost is $1,200).
INTERESTED IN BECOMING A HOST?
If you can donate a large, beautiful home (sleeps 12-18), to host a Parakaleo Training Intensive, or are interested in bringing a Taste of Parakaleo workshop, to your city, please contact Tami Resch.