CBF Thriving in Ministry initiative accepting applications for second set of cohort groups

By Aaron Weaver

DECATUR, Ga. — The Cooperative Baptist Fellowship Thriving in Ministry Initiative is now accepting applications for the second set of cohort groups

This four-year initiative, which is funded by a grant from the Lilly Endowment, aims to address challenges that pastors face in their congregational settings. Participants will build their capacity to thrive in ministry through personal goal setting, congregational support teams, and participation in a cohort of colleagues and mentors.  Together they will develop and share best practices and build and sustain collegial relationships essential to ministerial well-being.

Seven online cohort groups, comprised of eight participants and two mentors, will begin this spring and continue for one year. This set of groups will include cohorts of women pastors, rural pastors, pastors in transition, pastors in the second-half of ministry,  church starters, pastors doing intentional racial justice work and Latino pastors (in Spanish).

Ruth Perkins Lee, director of the Thriving in Ministry initiative, encouraged pastors to consider applying.

“Thriving ministers are supported by a relationship with a mentor,” Perkins Lee said. “This is an opportunity for pastors to not only step into that relationship but to engage with a group of peers on the same journey.”

Applications are due by March 12, 2021 and the online opening retreat is scheduled for April 16 and 23. CBF pastors are invited to apply online at


CBF is a Christian network that helps people put their faith to practice through ministry eff­orts, global missions and a broad community of support. The Fellowship’s mission is to serve Christians and churches as they discover and fulfill their God-given mission.

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