Facilitating Small Group Discussions
Leaders, clergy and lay, experience strong growth in leadership when they engage with trusting, honest, healthy peer learning. Successful Facilitators provide peer groups the safety and encouragement to nurture leadership skills by inviting vulnerability and collaborative learning. Emerging new contexts in parish ministry present unique opportunities and fresh challenges for parish leaders. Skillful Facilitators allow peer learning groups to share wisdom and uncover areas of personal struggle that lead to strengthened parish leadership. Facilitated groups empower participants to overcome emotional isolation, leading to a softer heart and firmer will. Parish ministry is a shared endeavor between priestly and lay leadership and involves offering support, accountability, and the practice of spiritual disciplines that lead to healthy parishes. Facilitators of peer learning groups nurture that shared endeavor.
Dr. Al Rossi
Dr. Al Rossi teaches courses in pastoral theology at St. Vladimir's Seminary. He was a member of the SCOBA Commission on Contemporary Social and Moral Issues. He has written numerous articles on psychology and religion and published a book through Paulist Press entitled, Can I Make a Difference: Christian Family Life Today. After teaching at Pace University for 24 years, he retired as Associate Professor of Psychology. He is a licensed clinical psychologist in the state of New York. Dr. Rossi has a brief, bi-weekly podcast on Ancient Faith Radio titled Becoming a Healing Presence.
Rev. Dr. Nicholas Solak
Prior to his theological studies, Fr. Nicholas Solak, D. Min., worked for 10 years in prisons delivering cognitive-behavioral treatment to criminal offenders with drug and alcohol addiction histories. He also has experience working with the 12-Step Program in treating drug and alcohol addicts. Since graduating from St. Vladimir's Seminary with his M.Div. degree, he has been the parish priest at Holy Trinity Orthodox Church in Stroudsburg, PA. Additionally he is an assistant professor of pastoral theology at St. Vladimir's Seminary and a member of the Doctorate of Ministry Faculty. He is a member of the OCA's Pastoral Life Department and the Program Director of the OCA's Thriving in Ministry Program.