How Are PALS Groups Organized?
After a seminary candidate receives his call, he is assigned to a PALS group in the district of his calling congregation. The facilitating pastor for this PALS group then invites the pastor and his wife (if applicable) to participate in this PALS group.
PALS group meetings begin in the fall of the year, meeting the equivalent of six full days each year. While in many cases these meetings run from noon to noon at a mutually convenient location, other arrangements may be made when warranted by other circumstances, such as distance and schedule.
Who Are the Facilitating Pastors?
These experienced pastors, called "Facilitators," are chosen by the PALS office from a list recommended by the district presidents. Facilitators are generally from the same geographical area as their assigned groups of new pastors.
How Are Wives Involved?
PALS recognizes the support of the pastor's wife as vitally important for both the family and the congregation. PALS is often particularly helpful to the wives for whom this transition can be most challenging. Wives are involved in some shared activities with their husbands and, when desired, in separate learning activities as a wives' group. Babysitting is provided to accommodate families with young children.
"PALS has allowed me to be open and be myself… I have appreciated the opportunity to meet with other pastoral families and to refresh myself for the ministry." — Pastor's Wife