Transition to Leadership

A gravel path leads through the woods with tree trunks on either side of the path. Photo by Rafael Morais dos Santos on Unsplash.
Grow in your leadership as a new pastor and get the support you need as you transition into ministry.

Free to participants who begin in 2020 or 2021 thanks to the generosity of the Lilly Endowment and the Thriving in Ministry grant!

Learn and grow in Transition to Leadership

  • Develop increased self-awareness, curiosity and intercultural competence
  • Build your community of mentors and friends in ministry
  • Experience the joy of the work of reconciliation
  • Find clarity about your pastoral role in your own context

The Transition to Leadership program guides new pastors during the crucial first years of ministry. It is aimed at pastors who have recently completed a Master of Divinity degree.

Through one-on-one mentoring, regular gatherings with peers, and learning sessions, new pastors find adequate structure and sufficient freedom to learn in ways that are suited to their unique settings and experiences. Pastors will develop learning covenants to take personal responsibility for their own growth and development in their particular contexts. Regular gatherings of all pastors and mentors will inspire commitment to the learning process and provide consistent, ongoing engagement.

Thanks to the generosity of the Lilly Endowment and the Thriving in Ministry grant, there is no cost to participants who begin in 2020 or 2021. Travel, lodging and meals are also included for Weekend Learning Events. Read more about the grant.

Applications for the Fall 2021 cohort are being accepted now. The application deadline is Oct. 1, 2021.

Learn more

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