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Project Name: Philander Smith College - Thriving in Ministry

The Philander Smith College Thriving in Ministry program supports pastors leading congregations of color in primarily rural and urban settings. Our goal is to provide pastors with essential space to nurture their gifts in a supportive environment, guided by those who are effective and flourishing in ministry. The program is built around three areas of emphasis for current and aspiring pastors: mentoring relationships, personal wellbeing, and continuing education. We come alongside pastors as they work to develop pastoral agency, form mentoring relationships, increase their foundational knowledge and skills, and engage in self-care. Program participants can expect to be provided with essential space to nurture their gifts. The program also seeks to offer opportunities to deepen skills in study and vocational preparation. Periodically, participants will enjoy opportunities for retreat and refreshing to build healthy, collegial, supportive mentoring relationships among pastoral leaders. Special attention will be given to help pastors enhance management, business, and leadership skills. The Philander Smith College Thriving in Ministry program is designed as cohort-driven. Participants engage, connect, and grow together in safe and confidential groups.

Location: Little Rock, AR
Institution Type: University/College
Denominational Tradition: Methodist
Contact Information
Contact: Dr. Shannon Clowney-Johnson