The South Georgia Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church seeks a three-year grant for partial support of its Start Right to Stay Strong program, a mentoring and leadership development initiative for pastors who are in their first year of full-time pastoral leadership. Each pastor will be assigned two experienced pastors who will serve as personal coaches for a year and who will provide the young pastor with encouragement and guidance. In addition, these new pastors will form relationships with their peers through regular retreats and regional days to build friendships with peer colleagues and to stay connected with colleagues and leadership resources after they complete the program. Each new pastor also will identify five lay leaders from his or her congregation and will be coached about how to lead these lay leaders into deeper engagement and growth within the congregation. The program’s costs will be shared by the conference’s three ministry offices, and the conference will solicit gifts from individual congregations.
Start Right to Stay Strong