Pastoral Excellence Network

Dedicated to strengthening and sustaining excellent pastoral leaders for a lifetime of creative and effective service to the church


Welcome to the Pastoral Excellence Network!

Our mission is to create and foster a network of organizations committed to encouraging and supporting excellence in pastoral ministry. We seek to help churches and church-related organizations provide opportunities for pastors to find support and learning throughout their professional lives.  We work with congregations and organizations to help new pastors get the best possible start in ministry.  And we help congregations and organizations equip experienced pastors with practices that will sustain their vital ministry, particularly through peer learning groups.

We endeavor to sustain the momentum and amplify the impact which Lilly Endowment Inc. started more than ten years ago through the Transition into Ministry (TiM) and Sustaining Pastoral Excellence (SPE) programs. We seek to expand the body of wisdom about what constitutes pastoral excellence as we lean forward into a church whose future we cannot yet fully see or imagine.

We invite you to be part of building our Network:

Learn more about the Pastoral Excellence Network.
• Explore this site for resources, networks, examples, and events.
• Watch a video on what's special about Sustaining Pastoral Excellence.
• Read our blog.
• Learn about Catalyst and Collaborative matching grants.
• Join us on Facebook and Twitter.
• Sign up for the e-newsletter.

 

Watch the following video about clergy peer learning groups and the work of the Pastoral Excellence Network. (Or watch on YouTube.)

Featured Posts

  • A farewell

    Posted Nov 18, 2016 | Pastoral Excellence Network

    By Lawrence Peers | As the Pastoral Excellence Network concludes its work after almost four years, we have sometimes found ourselves using the expression “PEN is closing its doors.” As I’ve reflected on that phrase, I realized that it somehow doesn’t quite fit with my experience.

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  • Transitions

    Posted Nov 18, 2016 | Pastoral Excellence Network

    By Willie Sordillo | You who are ministers, whether serving in a local church setting, a denominational body, chaplaincy, the seminary or another related institution, are by necessity masters of negotiating transitions. The Pastoral Excellence Network, too, has been attuned to transitions, and now it is time for our own.

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