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

  • The 7R’s of Sancturary

    Posted Nov 02, 2015 | Pastoral Excellence Network

    When I was a girl, I remember the “old folks” saying, “Lord, have mercy.” When I began seminary, I took to saying, “Lord, have mercy.” While it was gratifying that I was continuing this ancient ritual, declaring, “Lord, have mercy,” as I ran hither and yon was hardly restorative. I needed more: more for myself, and more for my leadership.

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  • Most of our ministry is done on the dance floor

    Posted Oct 16, 2015 | Pastoral Excellence Network

    By Lawrence Peers | It is true, most of our ministry is done on the dance floor. Many of us will recognize “the dance floor” as the metaphor used by Ron Heifetz and his colleagues to describe how, as leaders, we often get caught up in the “dance of activity.” A quick glance at our calendars may be the only evidence we need to prove that we are often engaged in back to back meetings, unexpected pastoral crises, sermon writing, and committee meetings. This “dance of activity” is both energizing and draining, inspiring and dispiriting.

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