New Pastors

"A leader is one who influences a specific group of people to move in a God-given direction."

J. Robert Clinton

Transition-into-Ministry (TiM) is a Lilly Endowment program that provides leadership development resources for pastors during their first two years of ministry. Launched in 1999, close to 1,000 pastors have been guided and supported by TiM offerings.

Through over 50 TiM programs, FTE convenes and supports annually more than 100 new pastors. The Pastoral Excellence Network at Christian Theological Seminary supports the congregational and institutional efforts of seminaries, denominations and congregations to help and nurture these passionate nascent pastors transition from seminary student to ministry.

Congregation-Based Residency Programs place recent seminary graduates in congregations for two-year residencies. The programs are intended to immerse graduates in pastoral ministry, including full pastoral status, a collaborative environment, mentored/supervised ministry and ongoing reflection on the practice of ministry with the goal of establishing a baseline for excellence in ministry. Select Congregation-Based Residency Programs are coordinated by a primary church/institution and meet as a cluster. (*Indicates coordinating church or institution in regional clusters.)

Institution-Based First Call Programs gather ordained pastors already situated in “first call” situations at regular intervals over a period of three or more years, providing collaboration with seasoned pastors and other mentors for study, encouragement, reflection and prayer.

Program and application information for individual programs may be obtained directly from each congregation, institution or denominational agency below.


FTE Networks