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

  • Being the head, heart, hand, and body of the future church

    Posted May 21, 2015 | Pastoral Excellence Network

    By Lawrence Peers | It is customary in my work training clergy group facilitators for me to begin our conversation by recognizing the changing religious landscape in which we are doing ministry. Using a graphic facilitation process, we map the challenges that are already, near, or far on the horizon. In recent months, this conversation has happened readily, and it is hard for me to capture in writing the numerous challenges as quickly as they are named.

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  • Seeing ourselves

    Posted May 07, 2015 | Pastoral Excellence Network

    By Christina Braudaway-Bauman | For a dozen years now, I have been engaged in developing and nurturing clergy communities of practice, intentional small groups where pastors come together to support one another and to be engaged in learning aimed at strengthening their ministries. When these groups were launched, the hope was that they would provide important opportunities for pastors to meet with one another in truly meaningful ways that would also enable each person to grow in their practice of ministry.

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