Pastor Learning Circles

Join the circle

We need each other. It can be tempting in pastoral ministry to go it alone. 

Why not join a circle of fellow Mennonite pastors and follow this call together?

In the circle you will be:

  • supported prayerfully in your ministry
  • strengthened in your call to ministry
  • inspired through sharing ideas about ministry
  • encouraged by God with hope, resilience, and openness to possibilities

Each Learning Circle

  • Meets online at least 4 times for a one year commitment
  • Is limited to 6 participants
  • Is facilitated by committed fellow Mennonite pastors
  • Focuses on a topic relevant to your ministry

These Pastor Learning Circles begin September 2023

  • RE-Imagining Congregational Life
    with Myrna Miller Dyck

    As we continue to navigate congregational life post-pandemic, there are many opportunities along with challenges we have not faced before. How do we think creatively, discerning where the Spirit is moving? What patterns of congregational life continue to bring joy and create disciples, and new ways might we be called to live? This group will be a place of support and prayer. 

  • Strengthening the Soul of Your Leadership
    with Stephen Reist
    Join the circle as we use Ruth Haley Barton’s book by the same title to honestly explore together such topics as responding to the pressures of ministry, facing the loneliness of leadership, leading from your authentic self, discerning God’s will together, personal spiritual rhythms and reenvisioning the promised land.
    Meeting: Bi-monthly, on Zoom for 1 to 2 hours.  Specific time and dates to be determined.
  • Growing as a Spiritual Leader
    with Ruth Boehm

    How can I become an ever growing spiritual leader in helping people listen to God, each other and our community? What can I do for myself to grow spiritually? What does listening for the leading of the Holy Spirit look like?  Group sessions will include a brief listening practice and time for discussion.
    This group will meet for 90 minutes bi-monthly.  Dates and Times to be determined.  

  • Spiritual Practices and our Pastoral Call and Ministry
    with Steve Drudge

    How does Jesus’ call, “Come, follow me” along with spiritual practices that preceded and will follow our call to formal ministry sustain us and grow during pastoral ministry, especially at times of confusing cultural challenges and personal disappointments.

Registration is now closed for this round of Pastor Learning Circles

For MCEC credentialed pastors.
Space is limited.