Resource Center for Pastoral Excellence

The mission of the RCPE is to create opportunities for pastoral enrichment that re-Source ministers, helping them maintain their effectiveness.  The center serves clergy of any denomination, both men and women, regardless of race or age. 

Upcoming Event:

Gateway to Hope Birmingham; Veterans Moral Injury Conference

The Resource Center for Pastoral Excellence at Samford University and Samaritan Counseling Centers of Greater Birmingham, will host “Gateway to Hope, Birmingham,” a symposium on ministry to veterans. The day-long event will be held in the Jane H. Brock Recital Hall at Samford University on March 17, 2015.  The symposium will provide a forum for the exchange of ideas and resources related to helping clergy, congregations, and communities work together to meet unique needs of veterans and their families. While all vets face challenges in the years following their service, recently deployed veterans face special challenges. 

The program will include presentations by military chaplains, a professor of philosophy and ethics, and pastoral care specialists. The challenge of “moral injury,” a diagnosis common among many recently returned vets, will be among the topics addressed.  The cost of the event is $25.00 per person and includes lunch and refreshments, student discount rate is $10.00  The Samaritan Counseling Centers of Birmingham will offer two CEU credit hours for an additional fee of $10.00  Register at by selecting one of the following options: Registration, Student/Military Registration, CEU Registration.

The event is being held on the campus of Samford University in the Jane H. Brock Recital Hall from 9:00 a.m. until 4:30 p.m.  More details, including the event schedule and a list of keynote presenters will be available in late January 2015.  For more information please contact the Resource Center for Pastoral Excellence at (205) 726-4064, email or   


New Resource Available 

Audio files of selected lectures hosted by the Resource Center for Pastoral Excellence are now available on the website.  The audio files are located under the "Bivocational Resources" page under "RCPE Resources". The audio files are free to download or listen to directly from the website.  Note: iTunes is required to access the files. You may download iTunes for free by following this link.