The purpose of the Pastoral Development Seminar (PDS) is to encourage participants to become faithful risk takers in servant leadership. Through this program, participants develop their pastoral abilities to lead change in the church, community and world. PDS is an expression of the hospitality of First Presbyterian, Sarasota. With gifted active and retired clergy and the leadership of officers and members, this congregation finds great joy in encouraging the growth and development of pastors.
Each year, the seminar takes place on two occasions during the fall and winter. Participants attend both sessions for the entire ten-day period. Participants are pastors in the Presbyterian Church (USA) who have demonstrated leadership ability and potential for ongoing service to the church, and have been ordained in the last ten years.