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Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything that I have commanded you. And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age.
Matthew 28:16-20

 

The early years of ministry present new blessings and challenges every day. Below you will find opportunites to engage in gatherings that foster leadership development. By bringing together both passionate peers and dedicated coaches, these gatherings have the potential to bolster and inspire you for the years ahead. You will also find other resources, including a list of recommended books, to help you in your leadership development.
 
The Art of Transitional Ministry

This conference offers training in the skills and understanding necessary for leading a congregation and faith community in transition.  

Can We Talk? How To Have Civil Conversations in a Deeply Divided Society
This Synod of the Sun conference explores how pastors and elders can engage in more civil conversations on divisive issues with members of their churches and communities.  

Chautauqua Institution Clergy Development Programs

Faith & Leadership
This online magazine is a learning resource for Christian leaders and their institutions from Leadership Education at Duke Divinity School.

Forum for Theological Exploration Grants and Fellowships

How Overworked Clergy Culture Undermines a Healthy Theology of Sacrifice
This article appears on the Sojourners website.

Pastoral Development Seminar
The purpose of this seminar, for PC(USA) pastors, is to encourage participants to become faithful risk-takers in servant leadership.

Presbyterian Coach Network
Search this directory of experienced PC(USA) coaches by state.

Presbyterian CREDO
CREDO conferences are available to members of the Benefits Plan of the
PC(USA).

Synod School (Synod of Lakes and Prairies)

Trent@Montreat

Trent Symposium

The Washington Post Acts of Faith Series

Recommended Reading

The Geography of Thought: How Asians and Westerners Think Differently … and Why by Richard E. Nisbett

Leaves from the Notebook of a Tamed Cynic by Reinhold Niebuhr

Making Neighborhoods Whole: A Handbook for Christian Community Development by Wayne Gordon and John M. Perkins

The Pastor: A Memoir by Eugene H. Peterson

Steal Like an Artist: 10 Things Nobody Told You about Being Creative by Austin Kleon

NEXT Church Book Reviews Blog Series


 

 

"Learning how to be a leader in the church — to follow Jesus, to be myself, to share authority, to move ideas forward, to make disciples — requires so much more than a seminary education. It’s a lifelong process of learning, trying, failing, adapting, trying again, asking questions, finding mentors, and, hopefully, becoming ever-more faithful. The practice of ministry is an art. I’m constantly working to grow, stretch, and perfect my art.”
— Jessica Tate,
   Director,
      NEXT Church
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