The Massachusetts Conference of the United Church of Christ (UCC) seeks a five-year grant for the Together We Thrive: Nurturing Pastoral Leadership program. Working in partnership with the Connecticut and Rhode Island UCC conferences, the Western Diocese of the Episcopal Church in Massachusetts and the New England Synod ELCA, Lutheran, the program will offer a variety of opportunities for pastors to build relationships with peers and strengthen their leadership practices, including: 1) facilitated clergy cohorts to hone the practices of ministry; 2) clergy affinity groups to provide opportunities for intentional relationship building between clergy for mutual support and accountability; and 3) clergy coach training opportunities for seasoned clergy to work with new pastors. An annual colloquy will draw all the clergy groups together to reflect on challenges of pastoral ministry. The development specialist within the conference will oversee the fundraising to solicit donations from individuals, partner churches as well as additional grant sources to sustain this program.
Together We Thrive: Nurturing Pastoral Leadership
Other Religious agency
Associate Pastors Bi-vocational/Multi-vocational/Part-time Church planters Clergy couples Early Career Ecumenical/Interdenominational Intentional Interim pastors Late Career Lay ecclesial ministers/Lay pastoral leaders (non-ordained) LGBTQ+ persons Men Mid-Career Millenials in ministry Multi-cultural contexts Multi-lingual context Retiring Rural Senior Pastors Suburban Urban Women