List of grants awarded

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Ashland Theological Seminary
Positioning “First Call” and “First Plant” Pastors for Excellence in New Church Starts

Bethany Fellowships
Expanding the Bethany Circle

Big Sigh Ministries
Grace Break: Caring for Pastors

Calvary Baptist Church
Residency Program

Columbia Theological Seminary
Clergy Excellence Programs

Conservative Congregational Christian Conference
CCCCUSA Pastoral Communities Project

Connecticut Conference, United Church of Christ
Strengthening Our Voices Together

CRCNA
Spiritual Vitality in Pastors

Episcopal Diocese of Chicago
Episcopal Diocese of Chicago MED Gathering

Episcopal Diocese of Chicago
Episcopal Diocese of Chicago New Beginnings

The Episcopal Diocese of Los Angeles
Transition into Ministry

The Episcopal Diocese of Massachusetts
Episcopal Diocese of MA Facilitated Peer Learning Initiative

The Episcopal Diocese of New York
New Clergy Transition Program

The Episcopal Preaching Foundation
Episcopal Preaching Foundation Peer Sermon Evaluation Groups

Fox Valley Association, Illinois Conference, UCC
Clergy Communities of Practice in the Illinois Conference

Great Plains Conference, United Methodist Church
Developing Clergy Leaders of the Wesleyan Way

Joshua’s House, Inc.
Iron Sharpens Iron Intergenerational Leadership Network

Lott Carey Baptist Foreign Mission Society
Developing a Pastoral Peer Support Network for Survivors of Hurricane Katrina

Ministers’ Council, American Baptist Churches (USA)
The Clergy Health Initiative

Ministers’ Council, American Baptist Churches (USA)
The 7R’s of Sanctuary

Minneapolis Synod, ELCA
Reimagining, Remaking and Reinvigorating Peer Groups

National Campus Ministry Association
NCMA Bethany Initiative for Campus Ministry

Oregon Synod, ELCA
Ecumenical Transformational Leadership Initiative

Orthodox Diocese of Eastern Pennsylvania
HOPE

Orthodox Archdiocese of America
The Romanian Orthodox Episcopate of America
The Orthodox Pastoral Excellence Project

Pacific Northwest Conference, UCC
Pacific NW Launch for Communities of Practice

Pastor as Spiritual Guide
Pastor as Spiritual Guide Program

Pastoral Counseling Services, Inc.
Pastoral Counseling Services Narrative Clergy Leadership

Presbyterian Church U.S.A.
PCUSA Bridging the Gap between Seminary and First Call

Presbyterian Church U.S.A.
PCUSA Company of New Pastors Expansion

Presbyterian Council for Chaplains & Ministry
Chaplain Candidate Pilot Residency Program

Reformed Church in America
Maximizing the Potential of a “First Call” for Pastor and Congregation

Reformed Church in America
The Ezra Initiative: Growing Leaders, Developing Congregations, Impacting Communities

Samford University
Creating a New Collaboration: Sustaining Pastoral Excellence, Transition Into Ministry, and Congregational Resourcing

Second Presbyterian Church, Indianapolis
Residency Colloquium and Consultation with Dr. Allan Boesak

St. John’s School of Theology-Seminary
Advancing the Excellence of Roman Catholic Lay Ecclesial Ministers

St. John’s School of Theology-Seminary
Imaging the Experience of Lay Ecclesial Ministry

UCC-MESA
Pastoral Excellence in the United Church of Christ

Virginia Theological Seminary
Peer Learning Initiative

Virginia Theological Seminary
VTS Mainline Interdenominational Peer Groups for Evangelists, Church
Planters, and Organizers


Washington Theological Consortium
DC Regional Senior Clergy Peer Group Network


Wilshire Baptist Church Wilshire 
First 100 Days Project 

Wilshire Baptist Church
Wilshire Baptist Colloquy on Public Theology

Wilshire Baptist Church
Wilshire Baptist Preaching Practicum II

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Ashland Theological Seminary
Positioning “First Call” and “First Plant” Pastors for Excellence in New Church Starts


This project will apply learning from Ashland Theological Seminary and the Pastoral Excellence Network to the design of the New Church Start Academy of The Florida Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church in order to:
  1. Lay a solid foundation for lifelong ministry with new church planting pastors.
  2. Integrate best practices of church residency programs into a sustainable model to multiply the effectiveness and number of mother churches.
  3. Optimize learning between the seminary and denominational practitioners to support successful transition into ministry for seminary graduates.
Specifically this grant will assist with the cost of creating the New Church Start Academy and launching the first learning and support community for 20 pilot projects that have been selected to plant new communities of faith.  

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Bethany Fellowships
Expanding the Bethany Circle


Since 1999, Bethany Fellowships has been fine tuning a process which has proven to be significant and successful in the support of young Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) ordained pastors in their first five years of ministry. Responding to recent suggestions and inquiries, there is a desire to form an ecumenical group following the Bethany Fellowships model. This beginning includes recruiting a group of 25 participants plus the development of a leadership team to sustain this ministry in the best practices discovered through the Bethany Fellowships experience.

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Big Sigh Ministries
Grace Break: Caring for Pastors


This program will provide support for the creation of leave-planning congregational support teams and build a social media community to support clergy renewal leaves in congregations where the denominational culture has not historically encouraged sabbatical leave.  

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Calvary Baptist Church
Residency Program


Calvary will offer an ongoing residency program for two new seminary graduates seeking their first call. The goal of the residency program is to build on strong seminary experiences by providing the next generation’s most promising pastoral leaders an extraordinary learning experience and entrance into pastoral ministry. Each residency will run for three years on a rotating schedule insuring continuous institutional knowledge in the residency cohort.

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Columbia Theological Seminary
Clergy Excellence Programs

The new initiative, named the Pastoral Excellence Programs, builds on the success of the Sabbath, Study, and Service (S3) project and represents a new iteration of the work done through our Lilly funded project. The new initiative will have two program facets: (1) the Leadership in Ministry Workshops, and (2) the Colloquy for Mid-Career Clergy. While each program is designed to meet the needs of different audiences, each builds on the best practices of clergy professional and personal development and learning. A key pedagogy for both programs is the peer-learning model.

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Conservative Congregational Christian Conference
CCCCUSA Pastoral Communities Project


This grant allows the CCCCUSA to develop pastoral communities nation-wide to provide relational support, encouragement and learning to local church pastors and lay workers in Christian ministry.

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Connecticut Conference, United Church of Christ
Strengthening Our Voices Together


This grant will allow members of Colleague Communities of Practice to engage in reflection on the practice of weekly sermon creation, develop and share resources, participate in a homiletics conference and follow-up keynote presentation, and attend a retreat. Resources developed will be made available to a wider constituency through the Pastoral Excellence Network.

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CRCNA
Spiritual Vitality in Pastors
This program is intended to strengthen pastors in their spiritual awareness and practices through participation in a 16 person peer learning cohort. Participants will be placed in 4 person “huddle” which will meet every 6 weeks. The full cohort will gather for a retreat once each year. Participants will also meet individually with a spiritual director, mentor or coach every three months.

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Episcopal Diocese of Chicago
Episcopal Diocese of Chicago MED Gathering


This grant provided matching funds to bring together leaders and participants of Making Excellent Disciples programs in IL, FLA, MA, MI, and WA for a conference with PEN leadership.

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Episcopal Diocese of Chicago
Episcopal Diocese of Chicago New Beginnings

The Episcopal Diocese of Chicago wants to replace our existing Fresh Start program with a program that more effectively meets the needs and wants of priests in new positions. This new program, New Beginnings, will provide opportunity for all priests in new positions to: participate monthly in facilitated small groups, work directly with a trained mentor, and gather quarterly as a larger group for continuing education modules that are applicable to all, regardless of ordination tenure or type of position.

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The Episcopal Diocese of Los Angeles
Transition into Ministry


The grant provides resources to create peer groups with trained facilitators and mentors for newly ordained priests as well as to train supervisors to oversee the formation of newly ordained priests in the Diocese of Los Angeles.  

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The Episcopal Diocese of Massachusetts
Episcopal Diocese of MA Facilitated Peer Learning Initiative


We will create a new program to replace Fresh Start for clergy ordained more than two years who are new to a call or are new to the diocese, a recreated TiM program to include a new model of facilitated peer learning, mentoring, and a reimagined curriculum that both supports and challenges participants and educates them in the three classic areas of knowing (academic), being (formation), and doing (professional development). The new program will include training and ongoing group connection for both facilitators and mentors for their support, accountability and learning.

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The Episcopal Diocese of New York
New Clergy Transition Program


The Diocese will use this grant to pay tuition to the Rockwell Center for twelve new clergy working in the Diocese of New York in their first two years after ordination for a combination of intentional mentoring and peer group learning, launching the Rockwell Center as a partner of the Diocese. Six other new clergy will have their tuitions paid by their parishes. The Diocese of New York will endeavor to build these tuition costs into its budget in beginning in 2016 and continuing forward.

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The Episcopal Preaching Foundation
Episcopal Preaching Foundation Peer Sermon Evaluation Groups


The Episcopal Preaching Foundation will combine 27 years of experience convening seminarians, clergy, and lay preachers in conferences to improve their preaching with pilot projects on peer sermon evaluation groups, to launch ten groups of six to eight preachers in dioceses around the country for nine months of regular meetings to watch, review and discuss their preaching under the leadership of a trained convener.

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Fox Valley Association, Illinois Conference, UCC
Clergy Communities of Practice in the Illinois Conference


This grant allows the Fox Valley Association to expand clergy communities of practice into other Associations of the Illinois Conference.

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Great Plains Conference, United Methodist Church
Developing Clergy Leaders of the Wesleyan Way


The Transition into Ministry programs of the three United Methodist Conferences desire to gather together for a forty-eight hour conference on Developing Clergy Leaders of the Wesleyan Way.  

The conference would be held at Duke Divinity School in Durham, North Carolina. The facilitators of the event would be the Leadership Education at Duke Divinity (LEADD). LEADD is a leadership resource center skilled in designing educational services and facilitating networks of institutions to cultivate a coherent vision of institutional leadership. LEADD would facilitate intentional conversations that harvest the learning from the Transition into Ministry programs in each of the conferences and design new experiments in the annual conferences that develop leaders and vital congregations of the Wesleyan way.

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Joshua’s House, Inc.
Iron Sharpens Iron Intergenerational Leadership Network


Ten to fifteen young adults (30 - 40 years old) in the Tri-State area will read selected scholarly material, participate in field trips, complete homework assignments, and attend presentations, seminars, workshops and lectures hosted by distinguished guest elders.  

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Lott Carey Baptist Foreign Mission Society
Developing a Pastoral Peer Support Network for Survivors of Hurricane Katrina


This grant provides funds to develop peer support groups to assist a network of approximately 36 African American pastors impacted by Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath which will contribute to their well-being and equip them to be catalysts for healing in expanding circles of influence.

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Ministers’ Council, American Baptist Churches (USA)
The Clergy Health Initiative


The Clergy Health Initiative is an effort of the Ministers Council, ABCUSA that encourages clergy peer groups to covenant together and hold one another accountable for health goals in the areas of self-care, physical wellness, financial wellness and retirement readiness. The project will track the efforts of clergy peer groups and document how coming together as peers aids in the achievement of health goals. Leveraging the learning of improved wellbeing in clergy who come “Together in Ministry,” this project seeks to demonstrate that clergy health can also be improved through peer group involvement.

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Ministers’ Council, American Baptist Churches (USA)
The 7R’s of Sanctuary


Two cohorts of 10 pastors each will participate in one three-day retreat and three follow-up sessions per year over a three-year period, focusing on the 7Rs of Sanctuary to emerge with direction for their leadership in caring for souls in their churches and the community. This grant supplements $22,310 in unused funds from a previous grant which are being re-directed to this program.

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Minneapolis Synod, ELCA
Reimagining, Remaking and Reinvigorating Peer Groups


Our Reimagining, Remaking and Reinvigorating Peer Groups initiative has three objectives:
  1. To support existing peer ministry groups and to help them work to achieve a new level of efficiency using peer mentoring, spiritual practices and peer learning;
  2. To encourage the formation of new peer ministry groups and to encourage unsupported church leaders to engage with existing peer groups;
  3. To provide ongoing training for effective peer groups and tell our story to other judicatories, and especially other synods in the ELCA.

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National Campus Ministry Association
NCMA Bethany Initiative for Campus Ministry


This program utilizes the Bethany Fellowships model to create a Bethany cohort of campus ministers and chaplains to address the sense of isolation and loneliness reported by those doing ministry in higher education. Specifically, the grant contributes to funding a Leadership Team Retreat and a second retreat to launch the first cohort in January of 2016.

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Oregon Synod, ELCA
Ecumenical Transformational Leadership Initiative


Funds will be used for the creation of a pilot project in 8-10 Oregon communities and three denominations for the purpose of building relationships and formalizing a Community of Practice among 10-12 religious and civic leaders, focusing on adaptive leadership, organizational change and community organizing skills to re-tool pastors and revitalize congregations.

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Orthodox Diocese of Eastern Pennsylvania
HOPE


This grant provides funds to build healthy clergy peer learning groups as well as peer groups for clergy wives throughout the Diocese of Philadelphia and Eastern Pennsylvania through retreats, mentoring and ongoing peer group meetings.

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Orthodox Archdiocese of America
The Romanian Orthodox Episcopate of America
The Orthodox Pastoral Excellence Project

Many Orthodox Christian congregations are composed largely of immigrants and are served by immigrant clergy who received their formation in Europe or the Middle East, giving rise to cross-cultural, personal and pastoral issues for which clergy were not prepared. In this pilot program, three clergy peer learning groups will be formed from among clergy serving immigrant parishes in the United States. We hope that the pilot will be a catalyst for an institutional practice of promoting peer learning among Orthodox clergy.

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Pacific Northwest Conference, UCC
Pacific NW Launch for Communities of Practice


Over a two year time period, we will train, recruit and begin Community of Practice clergy groups which will meet monthly for support, education, and mutual accountability. The first year will focus on the west side of the Conference, and in the second year we plan to expand to the east side of the region and provide virtual gatherings.

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Pastor as Spiritual Guide
Pastor as Spiritual Guide Program


Funds will be used to provide a nine month program to allow an ecumenical community of peers to practice spiritual disciplines and embrace their role as spiritual guides through a series of retreats, spiritual direction, readings, leadership opportunities and written reflection. 

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Pastoral Counseling Services, Inc.
Pastoral Counseling Services Narrative Clergy Leadership


The workshop “Narrative Clergy Leadership” will provide two, three-hour workshops on the role of narrative in clergy leadership. One will focus on training for facilitators of clergy groups, while the second focuses on training for clergy. Rev. Kelli Walker-Jones will be a key presenter in each workshop and the book, Know Your Story and Lead with It, by Richard L. Hester and Kelli Walker-Jones, will be made available to each participant.

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Presbyterian Church U.S.A.
PCUSA Bridging the Gap between Seminary and First Call


While Company of New Pastors has a proven successful as a transition into ministry program for first call pastors, there is not, at the present time, a program to provide transition support for the time between the end of the seminary and beginning a first call. For some candidates in the Presbyterian Church (USA}, this time period can be as long as two years. Bridging the Gap will provide a network of support and collegial relationships during this time.

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Presbyterian Church U.S.A.
PCUSA Company of New Pastors Expansion


Company of New Pastors has a proven track record of success in helping new pastoral leaders navigate the transition from seminary into their first call. The program design, which includes groups that meet on campus at several Presbyterian seminaries, has not been available to candidates for ordination who do not attend one of these seminaries. This expansion increases the access of the program to a greater number of new pastoral leaders.

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Presbyterian Council for Chaplains & Ministry
Chaplain Candidate Pilot Residency Program


This grant will be used to create a two-year pilot parish residency program for Presbyterian Chaplain Candidates to enable them to meet military Chaplaincy requirements for extended active duty service, and to receive mentoring from the host pastor and congregation.

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Reformed Church in America
Maximizing the Potential of a “First Call” for Pastor and Congregation


This project will catalyze collaboration between the Reformed Church in America’s theological education agencies, the assemblies of the RCA (denomination, regional synod, classis, and local congregation), and recent seminary graduates in order to:
  1. Lay a solid foundation for lifelong ministry with the new pastor; 
  2. Increase the missional imagination and effectiveness of the local church; and 
  3. Deepen the learning for our theological agents.
Specifically this grant will assist with the costs of gathering the various parties in an event through which the project will be designed, as well as the costs of up to ten pilot projects in the first year.

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Reformed Church in America
The Ezra Initiative: Growing Leaders, Developing Congregations, Impacting Communities


The Ezra Initiative is a peer learning leadership formation experience designed to transform the African American/black urban work of the Reformed Church in America.

As Ezra helped to rebuild Jerusalem and Judaism from the inside out by building capacity within local leaders, so The Ezra Initiative seeks to strengthen its African American congregations and their ministry in their urban neighborhoods through leadership skill development. The purpose is to renew black churches and their neighborhoods from the inside out by empowering local church pastors.

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Samford University
Creating a New Collaboration: Sustaining Pastoral Excellence, Transition Into Ministry, and Congregational Resourcing


The Southem Cluster of SPE projects has become a valued learning community to participants. Collaboration around shared learnings and successful methods and practices from the respective programs continues to stimulate creativity and is of great benefit to Cluster members. The Cluster would like to explore enlarging the membership to include projects related to TIM and CR program grant recipients. We believe inclusion of program leaders from these organizations who have interest in the Cluster's peer learning model will create new, beneficial opportunities for shared learning and initiatives. Such collaborations could include local and regional events in the south and southeast region of the country, where Cluster participants are located. We plan to gather four times over the course of the grant term. The first meeting will be held at Duke University and will be a facilitated discussion and visioning session. Subsequent meetings will be for planning activities and their implementation strategies.

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Second Presbyterian Church, Indianapolis
Residency Colloquium and Consultation with Dr. Allan Boesak


Residents and program directors from five residency programs will gather for a 1 ½ day consultation on collaborative learning from residency programs in conjunction with a seminar on prophetic preaching with Dr. Allan Boesak at First Presbyterian Church in Ann Arbor on November 17-19, 2014.

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St. John’s School of Theology-Seminary
Advancing the Excellence of Roman Catholic Lay Ecclesial Ministers


In 2015, we mark the tenth anniversary of the release of the U.S. Catholics Bishops pastoral letter on lay ecclesial ministry (LEM), Co-Workers in the Vineyard of the Lord: A Resource for Guiding the Development of Lay Ecclesial Ministry. This project seeks funding to plan and host three gatherings of our partners to explore what has been learned in the past ten years that can contribute to future efforts to develop and sustain excellence in this vital group of ministers. The partners include lay ecclesial ministers and leaders of lay ministry formation programs who have worked with us in offering two national symposia on lay ecclesial ministry.

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St. John’s School of Theology-Seminary
Imaging the Experience of Lay Ecclesial Ministry

This grant will be used to provide resources to create an exhibit of collages capturing the vocational journeys of lay ecclesial ministers to be shared at 6-8 retreat centers and organizations over a two year period, including a day of reflection at each retreat center to share the results of a listening session on lay ecclesial ministry and engage those who attend in the process of creating their own visual collage of vocation as a lay ecclesial minister. 

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UCC-MESA
Pastoral Excellence in the United Church of Christ


The movement to develop clergy peer learning groups throughout the United Church of Christ now has national scope, and there is a need for a coordinating structure that is able to support the growth of local and regional programs. The clergy communities of practice provide a model that has had an impact on leadership development in the United Church of Christ in local congregations, among pastors, and with middle judicatory staff. The grant will provide transitional funding to make it possible to create a Steering Committee which will coordinate resources, establish a leadership network, and support the continued growth of clergy peer learning.

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Virginia Theological Seminary
Peer Learning Initiative


This grant makes it possible to convene a gathering of Episcopal TiM programs to share learnings, outcomes and best practices from previous grant programs, critically review the Episcopal Fresh Start program, and project new initiatives for transition into ministry programs in different dioceses and seminaries.

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Virginia Theological Seminary
VTS Mainline Interdenominational Peer Groups for Evangelists, Church
Planters, and Organizers


VTS will work with several denominations in the mid-Atlantic and southeastern regions of the US to identify mentors and group facilitators, create new and continuing learning initiatives, and launch facilitated peer learning networks for pastors and priests who in their early years of ministry are committed to evangelism, church planting, and community organizing. The process involves 3 phases:
  1. A collaborative phase involving identification, recruitment and planning;
  2. A launch phase involving a “boot camp;”
  3. A catalytic phase of support for facilitated interdenominational peer groups and mentoring.

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Washington Theological Consortium
DC Regional Senior Clergy Peer Group Network

The purposes of this grant program are to identify, convene and launch facilitated peer groups of senior clergy from varied denominations in targeted areas to foster a culture of collegial support, and to promote continuing, creative collaborations and partnerships for spiritual and social transformation with the goal of creating flourishing local ecologies for flourishing in ministry.  

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Wilshire Baptist Church
Wilshire Baptist Church Preaching Practicum 

The Preaching Practicum provides a low-cost continuing education opportunity for preaching ministers as well as for young ministers in training who aspire to the pulpit.

The Preaching Practicum is an annual event held at Wilshire Baptist Church, which began in 1996. The purpose of the Practicum is to provide a low-cost continuing education opportunity for preaching ministers as well as for young ministers in training who aspire to the pulpit. By keeping the cost down for the participants, we can appeal to the next generation, which does not yet have the resources to attend many events.

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Wilshire Baptist Church Wilshire 
First 100 Days Project
 

The First 100 Days Project provides senior Pastoral Residents an opportunity to gather with recent Transition into Ministry alumni and seasoned pastors for a time to learn best practices on healthy transitions from residency to their next call.  This grant will allow a leadership team to be established to plan, develop and implement the First 100 Days Project, which will be held in 2016. 

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Wilshire Baptist Church
Wilshire Baptist Colloquy on Public Theology


This collaborative grant will allow residents and their senior pastors from four pastoral residency programs to gather for formal conversations around the topic of public theology. Participants will have a clearer view of ways to engage in social justice and advocacy work by studying the model of Senior Pastor Amy Butler of The Riverside Church and learning from the perspective of TV journalist and social commentator, Bill Moyers.

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Wilshire Baptist Church
Wilshire Baptist Preaching Practicum II

The purpose of this practicum is to encourage and challenge participants in the art of preaching. The featured speaker will be Hulitt  Gloer, Truett Seminary Professor of Preaching and Christian Scriptures and Director of Truett Center for Effective Preaching. Gloer  will lead three, one-hour sessions on preaching as well as preach a homily at a Vespers service.  Gloer will focus his sessions on “the preacher as reader.” Gloer believes that there are rich gifts that come from reading widely and wisely to enhance both the life and sermons of a preacher.

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