Pastoral Arts

Remaining sharp in pastoral ministry requires one to be a lifelong learner. By providing resources to those in ministry for development in preaching, leading, teaching, and caring we aim to encourage Covenant pastors, missionaries, and chaplains on this journey.

Personal Learning Experiences

  • Up to $500 is available to participate in self-selected opportunities to enhance growth in the pastoral arts of preaching, leading, teaching, and caring.
  • Receipts for approved expenses associated with learning experiences should be submitted following the conclusion of the event; all grants are funded on a reimbursement basis.
  • Application submissions are considered as they are received.

Sabbatical Grants

Covenant pastors, missionaries, and chaplains can now apply for an SPE grant for their sabbatical. These grants of up to $1,000 are available matching the amount offered by your church or ministry context (for a total of up to $2,000).

Living Forward: Revisioning Your Call​

This is a three-retreat experience spanning eight months which will lead participants in an exploration of the third formational stage of ministry life. Ministers in this cohort are over 55 years of age and have spent 15+ years in ministry in either a congregational setting, on the mission field, or as a chaplain, educator or administrator caring for and speaking into people’s lives and faith journeys. As they look toward the future, questions of gift, transition, change and choices are of paramount importance. What might call look like for the next 15 to 20 years? What legacy will plant the seeds of ministry call for others?

Along with required reading and a final reflection paper, participants will come together for personal contemplative exercises, presentations for thought and discussion, group processing, spiritual direction and discernment. Major topics for the cohort include: Identity (fall emphasis), Reality (winter emphasis), and Possibility (spring emphasis). There is a nominal registration fee which will be refunded if the applicant is not chosen as a participant. In addition to meeting standard SPE program requirements, a commitment to all three events is necessary.

There are no cohorts schedules at this time.

Lina Sánchez-Herrera

Chicago West Suburbs, Illinois

ECC Conference: Central
Gender: Female


Receiving New Directees: Yes
Directing Clergy: Yes
Client Genders: Both men and women
Skype or Facetime: Yes
Languages: English, Spanish
Retreat/Workshop Leader: Yes


C. John Weborg Center for Spiritual Direction, North Park Theological Seminary


Pastors/Church Leadership, Missionaries, University Students, Discernment Process, Transitions, Multi-Ethnic Issues, Second Half of Life, Prayer, Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius

Prior to moving to the USA, I was a professor at the National University of Colombia and served with the International Fellowship of Evangelical Students in Colombia for 16 years. Starting in 2001, I served as InterVarsity National Staff in the USA. I have a master’s degree in Christian Ministries, and I serve in Spiritual Direction to those who want to be fully present and available to God and receive His grace over them. My joy is to see professors and college students coming to know Jesus and being transformed into people that bring the good news of righteousness and justice to others.

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