Lexington Theological Seminary (LTS), affiliated with the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), seeks a five-year grant for its Thriving in Ministry: Strengthening Pastoral and Congregational Ministry program. The program seeks to support clergy who are connected with LTS and serving in congregations to help them strengthen their role as pastoral leaders. Focusing especially on pastors in the first five years of ministry, the seminary will gather clergy into small cohort groups that will meet for a three-year period and provide them with mentors and educational leadership development resources. In addition, LTS will conduct research on bi-vocational clergy who are serving in rural and urban contexts as well as pastors serving Latino/a and African-American congregations to understand how the seminary may support their personal and professional growth. To support this effort, LTS will incorporate targeted programs which support pastoral thriving in its capital campaign.