Marquette University, a Roman Catholic university in the Jesuit tradition, has received a five-year, $1 million grant to develop Companions in Ministry. This ecumenical endeavor brings together Christian pastors from diverse denominations, ethnicities, cultures and socio-economic backgrounds in the greater Milwaukee area. The program provides opportunities for small and large groups of pastors to build peer relationships and accompany one another in their respective ministries, especially during times of transition. Guided by well-trained leaders/ spiritual companions, pastors will participate in retreats and plenary sessions, network with small groups of pastors serving in similar ministry contexts, engage in spiritual direction and Sabbath time, and work with University partners for various trainings, and grounding in Ignatian Spirituality. The program aims to improve the pastors’ sense of well-being spiritually and professionally, and to foster a supportive, ecumenical ministry network. Companions in Ministry will impact 180 pastors over five years, helping them to thrive in congregational leadership, and in doing so, to enhance the vitality of the communities they serve. To sustain the program, Marquette University Advancement will seek contributions through its donor networks.
Companions in Ministry