Transformational Ministry: Nurturing Evolving Communities

Wednesdays, April 5 – May 10, 2023
11 a.m. – 1 p.m. MT


Taught by Rev. Gregory Toole

Transformational Ministry is a high calling for many Ministers within Centers for Spiritual Living. It requires patience, stamina and a willingness to stand in the center of discomfort and healing within a community. It requires the use of all of the skills learned through time in a successful ministry. Help communities heal from loss, move on from conflict or transition through change. You will gain conscious communication skills and acquire tools for conflict transformation. Explore new tools for peacemaking, bridge building and personal growth.

The title of this course was changed because its former title, “Interim Ministry,” narrowed the focus of the information only to those Ministers wishing to work as an Interim Minister. However, this course has tools and information valuable for anyone managing change in a community, wanting to teach vital membership skills in a loving way to a congregation, or healing a rift.

This program is a requirement for consideration to work as an Interim Minister within Centers for Spiritual Living. Completion of the program does not guarantee work or interim placement in a CSL Member Community.

Upon completion of the program, interested participants will be invited to the interview and selection process for the CSL Interim Ministry Team. This process involves completing an applicant packet, attending an interview, providing a background check and reference letters.

Our Interim Ministry Team works around the world with CSL Member Communities in transition.


About Rev. Gregory Toole

Rev. Gregory Toole is an ordained minister with Centers for Spiritual Living. He is the Senior Minister for Centers for Spiritual Living, Antelope Valley and Bakersfield in California. Gregory is also the Founder of Somseva whose mission is to inspire authentic, compassionate relationships through spiritual education, tools, and practices that promote peacemaking and conscious action. He is also author of the book, A Simple Guide to Planetary Transformation.

Gregory’s teaching is grounded in the idea that each person has great power to transform his or her life. He has taught thousands of students around the world through his classes, individual coaching, writing, and speaking engagements.

In his work with Somseva, Gregory has served six different Centers for Spiritual Living communities as their Interim Minister and has trained other ministers in the art and science of Interim Ministry. In this work he has facilitated healing, reconciliation, and renewal by aiding communities in navigating transitions consciously for the purpose of long-term health.

Prior to founding Somseva, Gregory served for six years at Centers for Spiritual Living Home Office, first as the Ecclesiastical Leader and then as Director of Member Support and Education. While at Home Office, he was also the President of Holmes Institute. Previously, Gregory served for five years as the Senior Minister of Center for Spiritual Living in Davis, California.

Before becoming a minister, Gregory was Executive Director of a non-profit youth development organization in Oakland, California. His early career was in the computer industry where he started as a software developer and then moved into marketing and business development.

He holds a master’s degree in Management from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and a master’s degree in Consciousness Studies from Holmes Institute.