Ministry Integrity Circles

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Ministry Integrity Circles

Ministry Integrity Circles are free to participants who begin in the 2020–21 year thanks to the generosity of the Lilly Endowment and the Thriving in Ministry grant!

Reflect theologically on your transition

As part of Ministry Integrity Circles, you will write reports on the specific ministry transitions and challenges you are facing. Each report will include a description of a ministry encounter or event and a personal reflection on the experience in order to develop better self-awareness. The reports will also include a theological reflection to frame the experience theologically and biblically, as well as discernment of possible follow-up actions or attitude shifts.

Pastors will share these reports with each other and the consultants during the gatherings. Through the sharing and conversations, pastors will gain greater awareness of what barriers stand between them and wholeness, insight into situations of brokenness around them, and clarity about how to take the next steps toward healing and restoration for themselves and the congregations they lead. 

Develop relationships of support

Through meeting and sharing together with peers, you will build relationships and gain support from others who are also navigating important life transitions. Your circle will be led by two thoughtful consultants—one with expertise in pastoral leadership and one with expertise in intercultural competence—to help you gain the needed insight and skills to navigate in your particular setting.

Each participant has the opportunity to meet one-on-one with the consultants via video for two 90-minute sessions. Each participant will take the Intercultural Development Inventory at the beginning and end of their time in the program and work to develop intercultural goals, which will help them in their time of transition.

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Ministry Integrity Circles acceptance criteria

A successful applicant for this program will:

  • be a pastor in congregational setting
  • have more than four (4) years of pastorate experience
  • have a Master’s degree in theology or similar field
  • be going through a significant transition

Pastors are welcome to apply even if they do not meet all of the criteria. Ministry Integrity Circle staff can make exceptions on a case-by-case basis. If there are more applications than spaces available, staff will make acceptance decisions based on the additional following considerations: 

  • Diversity of the group including race, gender, age, etc. 
  • Immediacy of a participant's transition(s)
  • Similarity of a participant's transition(s) to others in the group

Ministry Integrity Circles logistics

Ministry Integrity Circles will meet four times over the course of 12 months, with each event beginning at noon on Monday and ending at 3pm on Tuesday. Two cohorts of Ministry Integrity Circles will run each year with one cohort beginning in the fall and one cohort beginning in the spring. 

Ministry Integrity Circles Spring 2020 Cohort

  • The rescheduled four gatherings for this cohort will be Oct. 5-6, 2020; Jan. 11-12, 2021; Apr. 12-13, 2021; and June 21-22, 2021.
  • If possible, Camp Friedenswald in Cassopolis, Mich. will be the location for all of these gatherings. However, if we are unable to gather in person due to the coronavirus pandemic, this cohort will meet over video conference. 

Ministry Integrity Circles Spring 2021 Cohort

  • The four gatherings will be on Mar. 22-23, 2021; June 7-8, 2021; Sept. 20-21, 2021; and Dec. 6-7, 2021
  • If possible, Camp Friedenswald in Cassopolis, Mich. will be the location for all of these gatherings. However, if we are unable to gather in person due to the coronavirus pandemic, this cohort will meet over video conference. 

Applications for the Spring 2021 cohort are due by Jan. 22, 2021, although we reserve the ability to close the application process early depending on response. Apply now.

Thanks to the generosity of the Lilly Endowment and the Thriving in Ministry grant, there is no cost to Ministry Integrity Circle participants who enroll in 2020. Travel, lodging and meals are also included. Read more about the grant.

Application for the Spring 2021 cohort is now open. Apply here.

If you would like to learn more about applying, please email Julia Schmidt, Program Administrator, at [email protected] or call 574-296-6245.

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Have Questions? Email Julia Schmidt, Program Administrator, at [email protected] or call 574-296-6245.