The Lake Erie Regional Ministry Support Group was formed in 1995 as an educational fellowship for clergy serving as “temporary shepherds,” or interim pastors in congregations that needed a non-anxious presence through uncertain times. We have simple fellowship, no dues, no membership vows, and no obligations beyond our biannual events. Our fellowship has included clergy and laity from a variety of denominations; ECLA Lutheran, Presbyterian, United Methodist, Episcopalian, with the odd Mennonite thrown in. The educational time runs about three hours on a Monday and covers a variety of topics related to church health and best leadership practices. While our programs original focused on the interim role, we have recently expanded this to include more general topics, such as: “Bowen Family Systems Theory” Fall, 2011 “Hospice care for dying churches” Spring 2013 “Appreciative Inquiry” Fall 2013 “Spiritual Maturity” Spring 2016 And the upcoming “Tools for Finding Shalom” Spring 2017 You may request CEU credit for these workshops from Olmsted Manor. The region in LER has stretched as far west as Michigan and east to the suburbs of Philadelphia. A number of our attendees drive up from Pittsburgh. Many people find Ludlow, PA to be conveniently remote — a get away from the constant concerns of the church. Link here for more about the serenity and beauty of our Olmsted Manor retreat location.