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Alabama State Board of Missions: Pastoral Enrichment Network
Montgomery, AL

The Institute for Clergy Excellence: Sustaining Pastoral Excellence
Jacksonville, AL

Samford University: Center for Congregational Resources
Birmingham, AL

Arkansas Conference, UMC: Center for Clergy and Laity Excellence in Leadership
Little Rock, AR

Columbia Theological Seminary's Center for Lifelong Learning: Pastoral Excellence Programs
Decatur, GA

Cooperative Baptist Fellowship: Initiative for Ministerial Excellence
Decatur, GA

The Pastors Roundtable, Inc.: The Pastors Roundtable
Marietta, GA

Asbury Theological Seminary: Seedbed.com and Office for Community Formation
Wilmore, KY

Louisiana Conference of the UMC: Center for Pastoral Excellence
Baton Rouge, LA

Center for Ministry: Pastoral Excellence Project
Jackson, MS

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Alabama State Board of Missions: Pastoral Enrichment Network
https://alsbom.org/bivocational/pen/

Pastoral Enrichment Network (PEN) units are fellowships of pastors which meet within Baptist Associations to enrich the members for the fulfillment of God’s call in their lives through encouragement, equipping, and enabling. A PEN unit meets monthly for two to three hours. The primary elements of each meeting are content, reflection, discussion, and prayer. The goals of PEN are to provide information to pastors, which will be of value to them; to provide an opportunity for reflection and discussion focusing on application in their lives and ministries; and to provide enrichment through fellowship and prayer. This program is jointly administered by the Center for Congregational Resources at Samford University.

Contact:
Chip Smith, State Missionary (csmith@alsbom.org)
2001 East South Boulevard / P.O. Box 11870, Montgomery, AL 36111-0870
800-264-1225 x342

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The Institute for Clergy Excellence: Sustaining Pastoral Excellence
http://www.icegroups.org/

The Institute for Clergy Excellence (ICE) fosters excellence in pastoral leadership through ecumenical peer learning. Groups are self-selecting and design a unique three-year learning plan that addresses the group’s chosen subject of study. Within broad administrative guidelines, peer groups are encouraged, with the help of a trained facilitator, to plan transformational learning experiences that lead them out of comfort zones, enable risk-taking, and hold members accountable for results. Given this freedom, peer groups invent exciting new ways of studying the subject. Energized by the method, change for the better is often dramatic, quick, and observable by congregations, spouses, and clergy themselves.

Contact:
Jay Robinson, Executive Director (jay@icegroups.org)
P.O. Box 488, Jacksonville, AL 36265
205-965-2482

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Samford University: Center for Congregational Resources
http://www.samford.edu/congregational-resources

Resource Center for Pastoral ExcellenceThe Center’s programs for clergy include Sabbath Leaves and Study Leaves; the Pastoral Enrichment Network of peer groups; Day Apart retreats for women pastors; workshops; small, targeted conferences; and projects related to research, development, and marketing. Pastoral consultants assist judicatories and Baptist associations interested in beginning clergy peer groups by providing consultation and training resources to facilitators. Programming for congregations includes resource consulting, mini-grants for purchase of resources, educational events, and access to resource strategists. The Pastoral Enrichment Network is a jointly hosted by the Alabama State Board of Missions (see their listing above for additional information).

Contact:
Michael Wilson, Program Director (mkwilson@samford.edu)
800 Lakeshore Drive, Birmingham, AL 35229
205-726-4064

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Arkansas Conference, UMC: Center for Clergy and Laity Excellence in Leadership
Center for Clergy and Lay Excellence

The Center for Clergy and Laity Excellence in Leadership has a network of Congregational Laity Coaches who work with churches and pastors to develop church leadership. In addition, the Arkansas Conference is developing a Circuit Elders Program to increase contact, viability, and leadership training with 700 congregations in Arkansas to move them toward vitality and growth. Initial funding from Lilly Endowment Inc. allowed the Conference to establish a foundation, which has led to growth.

Contact:
Deidre Roberts, Director (mroberts@arumc.org)
800 Daisy Bates Drive, Little Rock, AR 72202
501-324-8016

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Columbia Theological Seminary's Center for Lifelong Learning: Pastoral Excellence Programs
http://www.ctsnet.edu/lifelong-learning

S3 Lunch GroupThe Pastoral Excellence Programs at the Center for Lifelong Learning (CLL) at Columbia Theological Seminary build on the center’s successes in clergy leadership formation and development. The new initiative began in 2014 with two program facets: (1) the Leadership in Ministry Workshops, an on-going, twice-a-year, peer-based clergy leadership development program; and (2) the Colloquy for Mid-Career Clergy, for clergy ten to twenty years into full-time ministry who are seeking to participate in a professional formative conversation, reflect on their vocational experience, and assess their ability to meet the leadership demands/needs of their organization. While each program is designed to meet the needs of different audiences, each builds on the best practices of professional and personal development and learning. A key pedagogy for both programs is the peer-learning model.

Contact:
Israel Galindo, Program Director and Associate Dean for Lifelong Learning (galindoi@ctsnet.edu)
Sarah Erickson, Program Coordinator and Director of Lifelong Learning (ericksons@ctsnet.edu)
P.O. Box 520, 701 South Columbia Drive, Decatur, GA 30031
404-687-4558 (Israel Galindo), 404-687-4526 (Sarah Erickson)

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Cooperative Baptist Fellowship: Initiative for Ministerial Excellence
Initiative for Ministerial Excellence

Self-selecting peer learning groups meet monthly to provide opportunities for worship, spiritual growth, study, discussion of ministry-related concerns, and fellowship. Attention is given to forming groups that include ministers in their first seven years of ministry, ministers in rural settings, and ministers in multi-staff congregations. Each group is led by a trained convener. The convener and group members determine the focus of each month’s gathering. Resources related to promoting pastoral excellence and congregational health are provided by CBF staff.

Contact:
Ruth Perkins Lee, Peer Learning Group Coordinator (plg@cbf.net)
160 Clairemont Rd. Suite 500, Decatur, GA 30030
770-220-1631

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The Pastors Roundtable, Inc.: The Pastors Roundtable
www.thepastorsroundtable.org

The Pastors Roundtable is a resource that is available at no charge whose vision is to sustain the vitality of the pastor’s call to their ministry. They provide resources, instruction, content, and support in launching and sustaining self-facilitated peer learning groups for pastors. The typical Pastors Roundtable meets monthly for three to five and a half hours. The major components of the experience are: Koinonia Connection (building intimacy, discussing healthy practices, and intentional prayer); Leadership Development (watching leadership videos or reading leadership materials followed by robust discussion); Dealing with the KANIs of life and ministry (a “what’s next thinking process” but standing for Keep Awake Nights Issues); and an Encouragement Model. Roundtables have met “virtually,” particularly where there is a great distance to travel; we have Roundtables with ten participants and seven denominations, as well as those sponsored by and for particular denominations.

Contact:
Greg Williams, CEO (greg@thepastorsroundtable.org)
2035 Dayron Ct., Marietta, GA 30062
678-361-9070

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Asbury Theological Seminary: Seedbed.com and Office for Community Formation
http://asburyseminary.edu/

Two ongoing programs have grown out of the Sustaining Pastoral Excellence Program which was funded by Lilly Endowment, Inc. Seedbed.com is a network and publishing/distribution arm of the Seminary which provides daily devotional meditations, Sunday school resources, blogs, annual conferences, podcasts, Bible study and worship resources, a “Seven Minute Seminary” video series, and other materials. The Office for Community Formation focuses on places to belong in community, spaces for sharing means of grace, opportunities for experiential earning, and formational encounters. Almuni/ae are partnered with online students, monthly common meals are enjoyed, and students and families are welcomed. Support and recovery groups, including a vibrant Healing Academy, integrate spiritual, emotional and physical wholeness. The impulses for these programs began in the PSALM Initiative.

Contact:
Thomas Tumblin, Associate Provost for Global Initiatives & Academic Affairs (tom.tumblin@asburyseminary.edu)
204 North Lexington Avenue, Wilmore, KY 40390
859-858-2301

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Louisiana Conference of the UMC: Center for Pastoral Excellence
Louisiana Conference

The Center for Pastoral Excellence’s purpose is to maintain and cultivate ministry excellence in the Louisiana Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church. The Center is a resource for our ministers, congregations, and Cabinet. Through the Center, clergy peer groups are provided, coaching for clergy is available, a monthly Leadership Resource is offered, and continuing education opportunities for clergy are sponsored. In addition, we provide discernment and visioning for congregations, team-building for staff, and conflict transformation with congregations. The Center works with those seeking to be ordained as elders and deacons through a three-year process called RIM. This journey offers community building, education, peer learning, support, and challenge as the candidates grow intellectually, emotionally, and spiritually.

Contact:
W. Craig Gilliam, Director, Center for Pastoral Excellence (wcraiggilliam@hotmail.com)
527 North Boulevard, Baton Rouge, LA 70802
225-346-1646

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Center for Ministry: Pastoral Excellence Project
http://www.centerforministry.com

The Center for Ministry inspires and sustains pastoral excellence by offering clergy opportunities for leader development and spiritual renewal. In our lifelong learning gatherings each year United Methodist clergy interact with noted scholar/practitioners to explore topics essential to practicing effective ministry. The Center for Ministry’s spiritual formation program is open to clergy across denominations and includes spiritual direction training, quiet days, retreats, and referrals for one-on-one spiritual direction. To follow up on these times of learning, we have developed networks and peer groups for ongoing reflection, support, and accountability. Our Board and staff are committed to using processes of communal discernment to discover new participants for the Center’s programs and to find direction in times of transition.

Contact:
Rebecca Youngblood, Director (rebecca@centerforministry.com)
Box 150041, 1701 N. State Street, Jackson, MS 39210
601-974-1488

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