By Aaron Weaver and Tracy Hartman
DECATUR, Ga. — The Cooperative Baptist Fellowship Thriving in Ministry Initiative is now accepting applications for cohort groups beginning in May, 2022.
Thriving in Ministry provides pastors and associate pastors with mentoring support and skill building to help them navigate the challenges they face in their congregational settings. Over the course of a year, participants will build their capacity to thrive in ministry through participation in a cohort of colleagues and mentors, personal goal setting, and congregational support teams. Together they will develop and share best practices and build and sustain collegial relationships essential to ministerial well-being. One alum of the program said, “I wouldn’t have made it through this season (COVID-19) without this group.” Another noted, “You’ll learn things you don’t know you don’t know. You’ll meet people you will not meet any other way and interact in ways you won’t in other places.”
Eight cohort groups, comprised of eight participants and two mentors, will begin this spring with an opening retreat followed by monthly Zoom meetings and a closing retreat. 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, Latino pastors (in Spanish), and associate ministers (including youth, children and music).
Applications are due by Friday, April 1, 2022 and the opening retreat is scheduled for May 2-4, 2022 at Ignatius House in Atlanta. CBF pastors and associates are invited to apply online at www.cbf.net/thrivinginministry.
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.