Frequently Asked Questions

  1. What are the requirements for participation in the program?
  2. The program is open to both ordained and lay ministers, who:

    • currently serve in a Wisconsin congregation;
    • Hold an M.Div. (or equivalent) degree from an accredited seminary or pastoral ministry program; and
    • have approximately 5-10 years of experience in ministry since graduation or ordination.

  3. What are the time requirements of the program?
  4. The program requires participation in each of the summit meetings (approximately 8 meetings over a two year period). Each of these summit meetings will run from mid-morning on Monday through noon on Wednesday. In addition to the time spent in the summits themselves, we will ask you to do a small amount of reading in preparation for the summit discussions. In the interest of building community among the cohort members, we will facilitate other informal meetings between summits that are helpful, but not required. Lastly, the program emphasizes contemplative prayer and spiritual formation as a means for discernment. Some time will be dedicated to the practice of contemplative prayer during the summits, but cohort members may wish to continue this practice on their own.

  5. What is the cost of the program?
  6. There is no cost to cohort members for participation in the program. Meals and lodging for the summit meetings are provided, as is a stipend of $4000.00 over the course of the two-year program.

  7. When are applications due?
  8. We have just finished accepting applicants for our second cohort, which runs from 2017 through 2018. We anticipate forming a third cohort which would begin in 2019. Check back here for more information as it becomes available. In the meantime, if you are interested in being part of a potential third cohort, consider nominating yourself: Nominate a pastor or pastoral minister.

  9. I'm a little outside of the 5-10 year window. Can I still apply?
  10. The program is designed for educated, early-career ministers with some pastoral experience. The window of 5-10 years of experience since ordination or graduation is a good guide, but not absolute. If you are interested in the program and fall a little outside this window, submit an application and tell us your story: the path of your calling and career thus far, your interest in the program, what you can bring to it and hope to gain from it. We'll consider this in light of the other applicants and prayerfully discern if the program is a good fit for you at this point in your ministry.

More questions? Contact us.