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Peer Learning Groups -- CBF Global and CBFNC

Peer Learning Groups (PLGs) meet monthly or quarterly, in person or virtually, to provide opportunities for worship, spiritual growth, Bible study, discussion of ministry-related issues and fellowship.  Currently there are over 132 PLGs of 6-12 members organized throughout CBF Global.  Of these 132 PLGs, 45 are located in CBF PLG Region 4 (NC, VA & Mid-Atlantic) and 25 are in CBFNC.  Special encouragement for peer learning is given to ministers in their first seven years of ministry, ministers in rural settings, ministers in multi-staff congregations, ministers seeking to become bi-professional and ministers seeking to sustain ministerial excellence throughout their ministry career.

Each PLG is facilitated by a convener and provided with suggested resources for group work related to promoting pastoral excellence and congregational health.  The convener and group members determine the focus of each gathering.  New groups are invited to form and new members are often welcome in previously formed groups.  Groups are located throughout the United States and organized into four main geographic regions.  Layne Smith is the Region 4 Coordinator for PLGs in North Carolina.   

Limited funds are available from CBF Global to help support the formation and resourcing of PLGs.  For information on making application and deadlines, please visit the CBF Global website &/or contact Betsy Young .  For additional information regarding forming a new group OR joining a current group, please contact Layne Smith .  CBFNC offers matching funds to PLGs in North Carolina who are forming new groups and modeling innovative opportunities for peer learning through virtual technology and strategic issues (like racial reconciliation, family systems and wealth & poverty).  For funding or general information for PLGs with CBFNC, please contact Larry Hovis, Executive Coordinator, CBFNC


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