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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:

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Featured Posts

  • Joy nestled among the challenges

    Posted Jun 19, 2014 | Pastoral Excellence Network

    By John Allen | While preparing for ministry, I heard a lot of despair about the church. I somehow internalized a sense that going into parish ministry would be like going to war with an institution that needed to be dramatically transformed before it could be of any value to the world. Conversations about the decline and death of the church are daily bread for seminarians.

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  • Together we flourish

    Posted Jun 05, 2014 | Pastoral Excellence Network

    By Barbara Lemmel | “Tell me more about Great Aunt Katy,” I said. I knew Katy had been a pediatric nurse in Nebraska in the 1940’s and that she’d left her china and silver to my father, her great-nephew, before her death. What had she been like? Dad smiled, remembering.

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Featured News

  • Posted Jun 18, 2014 | Pastoral Excellence Network

    PEN participates in the Colloquium on Strengthening Christian Preaching

    In what ways might peer learning strengthen the teaching of preaching today so that preachers are better prepared for the opportunities and challenges facing the North American church? This was the central question that brought Chris Braudaway-Bauman and Lawrence Peers of the Pastoral Excellence Network (PEN) to the Colloquium on Strengthening Christian Preaching, which was hosted by the Calvin Institute of Christian Worship in Grand Rapids on May 28-29, 2014.

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  • Posted Feb 10, 2014 | Pastoral Excellence Network

    Calvary Baptist Church launches a new pastoral residency

    We are happy to announce the launch of a new pastoral residency program at Calvary Baptist Church in Washington, D.C. Calvary Baptist Church’s residency is part of a next generation of pastoral residency programs that are relying more fully on the congregation’s own stewardship. In this case, a reconfiguration of Calvary Baptist Church’s own staffing due to some transitions made it possible for it to fully fund two full-time positions.

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  • Posted Jan 17, 2014 | Pastoral Excellence Network

    Cultivating greenhouses and hot spots

    With the launch of the Pastoral Excellence Network (PEN) a year ago, the next wave of exploration and development of pastoral excellence initiatives is underway. PEN is collaborating with a variety of regional and national bodies to carry forward this important work so that existing programs can be strengthened and new initiatives can be launched.

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