Thriving In Ministry

Focused on Pastoral Resiliancy

We are pleased to help resource our pastors in fulfilling their call to lead our churches and ministries in kingdom endeavors. Pastoral excellence involves holistic Christ-centered development, lifelong vocational and Biblical formation, and regular occasions of renewal and re-visioning that sustain a healthy, enduring ministry. Thriving in Ministry work focuses on pastoral resiliency. It is our purpose to provide an alternative for our pastors, missionaries, and chaplains to isolation and stagnation which are the enemy of thriving and resiliency.

Thanks to a generous grant from the Lilly Endowment, Thriving in Ministry is working in partnership with our conferences. ministerium and associations to develop cohorts and initiatives to help combat stagnation, address isolation, and solidify and maintain collegial connections.

Cohorts

Why Cohort learning?

Cohort-based learning has emerged as a compelling model for pastors to learn new skills and apply them in ministry. It combines the best of new and traditional learning models. Plus, data shows that not only does cohort-based learning have high completion rates—they also contribute significantly to professional development.

Advantages include increased accountability, applied learning, community building, and support.

Coaching

The Purpose of Coaching

  • Broadening awareness of self & situation
  • Recognizing patterns of thought & behavior
  • Helping pastors discern
  • Increase positive next steps and behaviors
  • Make progress towards long-term goal The Coaches Role

The Coaches Role

  • To listen for ROVE – resources, obstacles, values, emotions
  • Ask powerful questions
  • Help create a vision of a preferred future
  • Increase motivation and build commitment toward identified goal(s)
  • Establish easily obtainable and consistent action steps
  • Monitor progress and celebrate success!

Sustaining Pastoral Excellence

What is sustaining pastoral excellence, why it is important?

The Evangelical Covenant Church is pleased to be able to partner with the local church in helping resource our pastors in fulfilling their call. It takes a denominational-wide effort to support those who help lead our churches in kingdom endeavors. Pastoral excellence involves holistic Christ-centered development, lifelong vocational and Biblical formation, and regular occasions of renewal and re-visioning that sustain a healthy enduring ministry.