2019 is quickly approaching and is bringing with it many opportunities. In the coming year, we will continue to offer:
- Consulting, coaching and guidance for interim ministry for congregations, clergy and judicatories.
- The Association for Intentional Interim Ministry (AIIM) as a resource for interim ministers. (If you completed your Interim Ministry training through the Center for Congregational Health you will have received information about membership in AIIM.)
- Training for Consulting, Coaching and Leadership development.
- Training for Intentional Interim Ministers, through a new partnership with the Collaborative for Public Religious Leadership, School of Divinity, Wake Forest University.
In addition to the work we are already doing, we will launch a few new initiatives:
- A Professional Network of Consultants and Coaches—if you have completed consultant training or coach training with the Center for Congregational Health, you will recieve an invitation to join our professional network.Being a part of this network will provide opportunities to connect with other coaches and consultants, to participate in webinars (at no cost) and continuing education events (reduced rate), as well as a listing in the searchable database of consultants and coaches.
- Thriving in Ministry—We will be working with the School of Divinity at Wake Forest University to develop and offer a program to help clergy Thrive and Flourish in Ministry. The School of Divinity at WFU in partnership with the Center for Congregational Health applied for and received nearly $1 million from the Lily Foundation. Our plan is to launch a clergy cohort program in early 2020. We hope you will follow our activity on this, join us and help us spread the word so that we can see more thriving/flourishing clergy.
- Ask the Center for Congregational Health—in our Newsletter, which we are planning to circulate on a monthly basis, there will be a new section where you can pose a question or share a scenario for one of our consultants to respond and offer input. We will try this for the first 3 months of 2019 and evaluate to determine the feasibility of continuation.
Also, in 2019, we will see the first Doctor of Ministry students, with a focus in Intentional Interim Ministry, graduate from Interdenominational Theological Centerin Atlanta, GA. Over the past two years, Dr. Les Robinson and Dr. Marvin Morgan have taught and provided oversight for the coursework for this program. Congratulations to thirteen students are in position to graduate with a DMin, in IIM from ITC.
In addition to these opportunities, you will continue to find us at denominational gatherings and leading workshops to help congregations and clergy live more fully into who God is calling them to be.