The LiV program at Trevecca Nazarene University provides vital support for pastors in the transitions of the first five years of ministry: from education, to first placement, through the ordination process and into established ministry. The aim of the program is help pastors live (LiV) as complete persons, by promoting personal wellness (spiritually, physically and emotionally), by encouraging the development of interpersonal relationships (with a mentor, with other pastors and with lay leaders in the congregation) and by teaching the best practices for professional success through affinity group gatherings, context-based group mentoring programs and practical-skills workshops. Trevecca serves predominantly Nazarene churches in the southeast US. The title “Laborers in the Vineyard” (LiV) alludes to a phrase attributed to the Reverend J. O. McClurkan, the founder of Trevecca, who referred to the school as “a vine of God’s own planting.” The parable of the workers in the vineyard (Matt. 20:1-15) is the account of a landowner who hires workers in the 3rd, 6th, 9th, and 11th hours. At the end of the day, the landowner pays all the workers a daily living wage. The “Laborers in the Vineyard” program seeks to promote life for Christian laborers, especially those have arrived most recently to the field and who most need support to not only survive but thrive in ministry.
Laborers in the Vineyard