Azusa Pacific University (APU), an evangelical school rooted in the Wesleyan theological heritage, requests a five-year grant for partial support for its Thriving in Ministry program, an effort to expand leadership resources and provide mentors for pastors serving congregations in urban communities, especially women in ministry and pastors of color. The university will develop and implement an educational program that includes three modules that help pastors: 1) assess their health and well-being; 2) foster and support peer and mentoring relationships with colleagues; and 3) identify and develop their leadership strengths. Program activities will include coursework, workshops, webinars, assessments, reflection exercises and one-on-one coaching. In addition, the effort will invest significant time and resources into identifying and training experienced pastors to serve as mentors. To sustain this effort, APU will build program elements into its operating budget, form strategic partnerships with external organizations, solicit donations and charge modest program fees.
Flourishing in Ministry Certificate Program and Coaching Certification
Associate Pastors Bi-vocational/Multi-vocational/Part-time Black/African American/African diaspora Church planters Clergy couples Early Career Ecumenical/Interdenominational Hispanic/Latino/a/x Late Career LGBTQ+ persons Men Mid-Career Millenials in ministry Multi-cultural contexts Multi-lingual context Native American/Indigenous Post-Christian context Retiring Senior Pastors Urban White Asian/Asian American/Pacific Islander Women