Chicago Theological Seminary (CTS) —affiliated with the United Church of Christ— in an effort to support new pastors in their first years of ministry after seminary graduation, hosts a program specifically curated for new and bi-vocational clergy who are serving congregations in economically disadvantaged and marginalized communities. The CTS “Resilience in Leadership” initiative will gather pastors into five regional cohorts across the country that will meet quarterly for two years and convene annually at a consultation featuring exemplary pastors and experts. Each Resilience in Leadership program participant will also meet monthly with an experienced pastor-mentor to cultivate a vision for and negotiate the challenges of leading a small and under-resourced congregation.
Ecology of Support for Pastors From and Serving Marginalized Communities
Seminary or School of Theology
United Church of Christ/Congregationalists
Associate Pastors Bi-vocational/Multi-vocational/Part-time Black/African American/African diaspora Early Career Ecumenical/Interdenominational Hispanic/Latino/a/x Intentional Interim pastors Lay ecclesial ministers/Lay pastoral leaders (non-ordained) LGBTQ+ persons Men Multi-cultural contexts Native American/Indigenous Rural Senior Pastors Suburban Urban White Women Asian/Asian American/Pacific Islander
Tyler M. Tully