The lay leaders and clergy who are seeking to learn what they need to lead form The Network for Spiritual Leaders.   The connections enable those who lead congregations to share questions, discover learning groups, find a mentor, and request support. These leaders who guide, decide, communicate, listen, and look ahead on behalf of the congregation can learn from one another and learn from the experience of others. The Rev. Dr. Carol Pinkham Oak and the Rt. Rev. John Rabb form the backbone of The Network.

The Network for Spiritual Leaders offers consulting services for clergy and laity focused on key matters such as transitions, conflict, and opportunities for growth and development. We offer the following:
Transition Process for clergy and for congregational leaders. This can be a single teaching or a consultation through the process.

Clergy leaders leaving well and entering well
What are the best practices for interim clergy
Congregational assessment in preparation for a call
Reflecting on key events in the congregation’s history
Mentoring and coaching clergy and congregational leaders on “Building a Thriving Congregation”

Mutual Ministry Review
Thriving in Ministry
Vestry Retreats
Warden’s Spiritual Leadership
Conflict conversations
Use of Family Systems Theory to locate on-going problems
Reduction of anxiety in order to seek resolution
Positive steps moving forward
The Enneagram
This is a minimum of a day long (a weekend retreat is ideal) for congregations or for the leadership bodies in such.
Our experience is in Organizational Development, Family Systems theory, Congregational Development as well as clergy and leadership mentoring.
Our fees are negotiable and related expenses are negotiable


The Rev. Dr. Carol Pinkham Oak
The Right Rev. John L. Rabb