Empowering Clergy to Flourish

The Sewanee Ministry Collaborative is a mutual mentoring program designed to help clergy flourish in their ministries; that is, to recapture the deep sense of vocation that brought them to ministry with a particular community. The Collaborative uses proven techniques to create mutually supportive small groups where clergy learn from and empower one another.

 A Thriving in Ministry Initiative funded by the Lilly Endowment, Inc. 

The Cohorts

The work of the Collaborative focuses on ministry contexts where a supportive community of colleagues is known to be especially important—Latino/Hispanic ministries; Black Ministries; rural ministries; and clergy trained in alternative theological education programs, with a special focus on women across all four groups. The School of Theology’s goal is to create clergy groups that represent a wide range of diversity—age, ethnicity, regions, etc.


The Collaborative is currently seeking 28 participants to commit to a three-year period with one of the four cohorts. Each year begins with a ministry summit, where participants work in groups to develop key skills for flourishing individually and collectively. The theme of the summit for first-year participants is “Prayer and Purpose.” Participants engage in intensive group work to establish relationships of trust and accountability, and work with faculty to gain a clear vision of purpose in ministry and prayer practices to support that vision. Second-year students focus on accountability in flourishing and community leadership. Between ministry summits, groups will meet virtually and in-person to continue supporting one another’s ministries.


June 30, 2020

Deadline to apply for the Sewanee Ministry Collaboration 2020 cohort.

SEPT. 15–18, 2020

Due to concern for the health and well-being of all those planning to participate, the annual summit is being facilitated virtually. (Sept. 13–18 for conveners)

If you are interested in participating in this beneficial program, please take a moment to complete an application. 

"Those that be planted in the house of the LORD shall flourish in the courts of our God."

Psalm 92:13



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