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:

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


Watch the following video about clergy peer learning groups and the work of the Pastoral Excellence Network. (Or watch on YouTube.)

Featured Posts

  • Essential ingredients for pastoral leadership

    Posted Apr 09, 2015 | Pastoral Excellence Network

    By Israel Galindo | I enjoy the Facebook group "Things they didn't teach us at seminary." Apparently, there are a LOT of things seminaries don't teach and which seminarians don't realize they need to learn. Certainly, that's as it must be. No formal educational program can teach everything one needs to know, in whatever field or profession.

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  • Ask eleven curious questions and learn a lot!

    Posted Mar 12, 2015 | Pastoral Excellence Network

    By Robert A. Harris | An interim pastor colleague noticed that women wouldn't enter the pastor's study. Another friend discovered that even though the church board approved a proposal to have a healing service, nobody showed up. A number of members criticized the pastor for urging them to tithe. What's going on in those situations? What unspoken norms are behind these behaviors? How can you, especially as a new pastor, avoid stepping into minefields?

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