How Are PALS Groups Organized?
When seminary candidates receive their calls, they also receive information regarding PALS. A facilitating pastor from the district to which they have been called then contacts the pastors and wives assigned to him to begin the formation of a PALS group.
PALS group meetings begin in the fall, and groups meet for 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 circumstances like distance and schedule.
Who Are the Facilitating Pastors?
These experienced pastors, called "Facilitators," are chosen by their district president in conjunction with the PALS office. Facilitators are generally from the same geographical area as their assigned groups of new pastors.
How Are Wives Involved?
PALS recognizes that the support of the pastor's wife is 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. To accommodate families with young children, babysitting is provided.
"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