The purpose of the SHIFT Leadership Network is to provide specialized training, guidance and support for early career pastors and persons who are matriculating through the Board of Ministerial Training. SHIFT is an acronym for Supportive, Healthy Innovations for Thriving in Ministry. The program is intended to guide and support each minister/pastor as he or she creates and carries out a dynamic individualized three-year learning experience. Learning will take place on multiple levels, including mentoring, group sharing, training, evaluating and planning. After acceptance, each minister/pastor will propose an individualized learning contract that will address four areas: spiritual formation; emotional maturity; leadership skills; sub-cultural sensitivity and mental models of systems and change processes.