Taylor University, a nondenominational school in the evangelical tradition, seeks a five-year grant for its Sacred Roots: Thriving in Ministry Project. This effort will form at least 20 locale-based pastoral mentoring groups for pastors serving congregations in under-resourced urban, rural and incarcerated communities to foster ministerial friendships and build relationships between new and experienced clergy. Working collaboratively with external partners, Taylor will host four consultations for pastors to identify potential mentors, collect best practices for leading under-resourced congregations and explore Christian classic literature in spirituality to find sources for pastoral nourishment and support. Facilitated by mentors and clergy recognized for their wisdom, the program will invite clergy to join peer cohorts of up to 10 pastors each to explore together leadership challenges posed by particular ministry contexts. Each session will focus on a guided reading from among 16 Christian spiritual classics identified at the opening consultation. To sustain this effort, Taylor’s development office will identify and solicit funding from individuals and partner organizations.
Sacred Roots: Thriving in Ministry Project