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Project Name: Part-Time Pastor; Full-Time Church Program

The Church of the Brethren, through its Office of Ministry, requests a five-year grant for the Part-Time Pastor; Full-Time Church program, an effort to establish a network of care and support for multivocational pastors in the Church of the Brethren.  (Multivocational pastors split their time and energy between congregational ministry and other vocational commitments.)  A recent survey found that two-thirds of the 900 Brethren pastors serve congregations as multivocational clergy.  To support these pastors, the Church of the Brethren will send representatives to visit, listen and connect with multivocational pastors to understand more fully the challenges that they face.  After the listening tours, multivocational pastors will be invited to join peer colleague groups to explore common leadership challenges with other clergy and to connect with experienced mentors who have served in similar ministry settings.  To sustain the program, the Church of the Brethren will establish a modest fee structure, encourage middle judicatories to include funding in their budgets, and seek support from the denomination’s Council of District Executives and its Ministers Association.

Location: Elgin, Illinois
Institution Type: Denomination
Denominational Tradition: Other
Contact Information
Contact: Nancy Sollenberger Heishman