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So he came and proclaimed peace to you who were far off and peace to those who were near: for through him both of us have access in one Spirit to God. So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are citizens with the saints and also members of the household of God, built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus himself as the cornerstone.
Ephesians 2:17-20


As your identity as a pastor deepens, so too does the weight of ministry.  Approximately one of every five full-time pastors leaves the ministry within the first five years. The responsibility of our vocation requires investing in relationships with other clergy. Being connected and engaged with other pastors not only deepens your pastorate, but it also strengthens the net that will catch you along the way. The resources below can help you find models to form your own clergy groups, conferences for the newly ordained, and online support groups, among other forms of support. Of course, nothing beats calling the pastor down the street for a good old cup of coffee.

Women of Color in Ministry Project

The Young Clergy Women Project

"From my first church, time with my peers has been life-giving. Getting together to study, reflect, debate — and laugh — has opened God's Word to me. I have discovered the miracle of transformative new friendships, and the experience has kept me going, even through the desert. Groups of fellow clergy (and very different other groups as well) have made all the difference."

— Rev. Dr. Glen Bell,
   Senior Pastor,
      First Presbyterian Church​
      Sarasota, Florida​​​​​​​​​​​