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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:

• Explore this site for resources, networks, examples, and events.
• Watch a video on what's special about Sustaining Pastoral Excellence.
• Read our blog.
• Join us on Facebook and Twitter.
• Sign up for the e-newsletter.

 

Featured Posts

  • In the name of adaptive leadership: What we are getting wrong

    Posted Oct 09, 2014 | Pastoral Excellence Network

    By Susan Beaumont | Do you remember this simple Sesame Street song? “One of these things is not like the others. One of these things just doesn't belong. Can you tell which thing is not like the others, by the time I finish my song?” This childhood game invites players to make distinctions between objects that are related, but don’t share a unifying characteristic.

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  • Covenant renewal

    Posted Sep 11, 2014 | Pastoral Excellence Network

    By Christina Braudaway-Bauman | Every September, my clergy community of practice begins a new church year together by renewing our covenant. We tend to the vitality of our group as we review our life together. We ask ourselves to consider what it is about our meetings that we want to reaffirm or revise. What promises do we want to make to each other as we move forward?

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