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Pastoral Excellence Network

Dedicated to strengthening and sustaining excellent pastoral leaders for a lifetime of creative and effective service to the church

Welcome to the Pastoral Excellence Network!

Our mission is to create and foster a network of organizations committed to encouraging and supporting excellence in pastoral ministry. We seek to help churches and church-related organizations provide opportunities for pastors to find support and learning throughout their professional lives.  We work with congregations and organizations to help new pastors get the best possible start in ministry.  And we help congregations and organizations equip experienced pastors with practices that will sustain their vital ministry, particularly through peer learning groups.

We endeavor to sustain the momentum and amplify the impact which Lilly Endowment Inc. started more than ten years ago through the Transition into Ministry (TiM) and Sustaining Pastoral Excellence (SPE) programs. We seek to expand the body of wisdom about what constitutes pastoral excellence as we lean forward into a church whose future we cannot yet fully see or imagine.

We invite you to be part of building our Network:

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Featured Posts

  • Rip cord, reset button, and ripple effect

    Posted Jul 17, 2014 | Pastoral Excellence Network

    By Lawrence Peers | I heard a collective sigh of recognition when reading these words from Barbara Brown Taylor’s memoir, Leaving Church, in which she narrates her reasons for leaving parish ministry: "With just seven days in a week, where is the time to be a good preacher, teacher, pastor, prophet, celebrant, prayer, writer, foot washer, administrator, community activist, clergy colleague, student of scripture, and wholesome exemplar of the gospel?" (45-46)

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  • Joy nestled among the challenges

    Posted Jun 19, 2014 | Pastoral Excellence Network

    By John Allen | While preparing for ministry, I heard a lot of despair about the church. I somehow internalized a sense that going into parish ministry would be like going to war with an institution that needed to be dramatically transformed before it could be of any value to the world. Conversations about the decline and death of the church are daily bread for seminarians.

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Featured News

  • Posted Jul 23, 2014 | Pastoral Excellence Network

    American Baptist Churches Ministers Council launches Clergy Health Initiative

    The Pastoral Excellence Network is pleased to award a Catalyst Grant to The Ministers Council of the American Baptist Churches to launch the Clergy Health Initiative on August 13, 2014. The initiative seeks to take a holistic approach to clergy health, focusing on the areas of self-care, physical wellness, financial wellness, and retirement readiness.

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  • Posted Jun 18, 2014 | Pastoral Excellence Network

    PEN participates in the Colloquium on Strengthening Christian Preaching

    In what ways might peer learning strengthen the teaching of preaching today so that preachers are better prepared for the opportunities and challenges facing the North American church? This was the central question that brought Chris Braudaway-Bauman and Lawrence Peers of the Pastoral Excellence Network (PEN) to the Colloquium on Strengthening Christian Preaching, which was hosted by the Calvin Institute of Christian Worship in Grand Rapids on May 28-29, 2014.

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  • Posted Feb 10, 2014 | Pastoral Excellence Network

    Calvary Baptist Church launches a new pastoral residency

    We are happy to announce the launch of a new pastoral residency program at Calvary Baptist Church in Washington, D.C. Calvary Baptist Church’s residency is part of a next generation of pastoral residency programs that are relying more fully on the congregation’s own stewardship. In this case, a reconfiguration of Calvary Baptist Church’s own staffing due to some transitions made it possible for it to fully fund two full-time positions.

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