New England

Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont

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Maine Conference, UCC: Pastoral Excellence Program
Augusta, ME

Boston University School of Theology: Center for Practical Theology/Sustaining Urban Pastoral Excellence Project
Boston, MA

Lifelong Learning at Episcopal Divinity School: The Mission Institute
Cambridge, MA

Massachusetts Conference, United Church of Christ: Pastoral Excellence Program
Framingham, MA

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Maine Conference, UCC: Pastoral Excellence Program

The Maine Conference Pastoral Excellence Program is a cohort of small clergy groups designed to develop, promote, and sustain quality pastoral leadership for the churches in our Conference. Still in our infancy, we have a small number of clergy peer groups that provide a regular forum for pastors to meet with other pastors whose calling is similar to their own. Our groups include new clergy in their first years of ministry, seasoned clergy, and interim ministers. We look to expand our offerings as clergy interest in our program grows.

Contact:
Darren Morgan, Director (dmorgan207@roadrunner.com)
1 Weston Court, Suite 104, Augusta, ME 04330
207-622-3100

Boston University School of Theology: Center for Practical Theology/Sustaining Urban Pastoral Excellence Project
http://www.bu.edu/cpt/

The project aims to support and sustain excellent ministry by working with both pastors and seminary students to strengthen practices of spiritual renewal, sabbath practices, study and reflection, and peer community in the contexts of urban ministry and formation for ministry. The first phase of the project ran from 2003–2007 and involved work with 96 urban pastors across the United States. The findings of that phase of the project have been published in the book co-authored by Bryan Stone and Claire Wolfteich, Sabbath in the City: Sustaining Urban Pastoral Excellence (Louisville: Westminister John Knox Press, 2008). The second phase of the project brings key findings from the first phase to bear on theological education and the formation of pastors. Working in partnership with pastoral leaders, faculty, and congregations, the project encompasses spiritual formation ministry; curricular development; and structural change to effect longstanding shifts in the culture, rhythm, and aims of theological education.

Contact:
Bryan Stone and Claire Wolfteich, Co-Directors of the Center for Practical Theology (cpt@bu.edu)
Bryan Stone, Co-Director
745 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston, MA 02215
617-358-3885

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Lifelong Learning at Episcopal Divinity School: The Mission Institute
http://themissioninstitute.com

The Mission Institute is a collaborative endeavor to equip lay people and clergy in Eastern Massachusetts for transformational ministry in an era of unprecedented change. Under the leadership of the Episcopal City Mission (ECM), Episcopal Divinity School (EDS), and the Episcopal Diocese of Massachusetts (EDOM), the Mission Institute is a collective response to God’s call for justice, reconciliation, and wholeness in the communities of Eastern Massachusetts and beyond. Out of religious conviction and a desire for social and economic justice, The Mission Institute seeks to challenge and equip people in every station of life to be about the work of transformation. The Mission Institute, founded in 2013, provides contextual training in practical areas such as congregational development, stewardship, justice work, and spiritual formation. It works in part through the “mission hubs” across the diocese—from the North Shore to Greater Boston and Metro-West, from the South Coast and Cape and Islands to the Merrimack Valley. The goal is for leadership, outreach, and program resources located in hub congregations to be a transformative force, leading to collaboration among and return benefits to the wider community.

Contact:
Diane D'Souza, Director (DDsouza@eds.edu)
99 Brattle Street, Cambridge, MA 02138
617-682-1505

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Massachusetts Conference, United Church of Christ: Pastoral Excellence Program
MACUCC SPE

A vibrant conference-wide network of small groups and large learning events for clergy are offered to develop and encourage ministers for sustained effectiveness. Small peer groups include pastors in every season of ministry who meet monthly and are assisted by a trained facilitator. There are groups specifically for new clergy in their first three years of ministry as well as groups for seasoned clergy, chaplains, interns and retired clergy. Some groups gather around a particular vocation or common interest. Larger events include a series for seminarians about to enter the Search and Call process in the United Church of Christ.

Contact:
Ellie Richardson, Associate Conference Minister for Lay & Clergy Leadership Development (richardsone@macucc.org)
MACUCC, 1 Badger Road, Framingham, MA 01702
508-875-5233 x233

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