WELCOME TO COMPANIONS IN MINISTRY!
Companions in Ministry (CiM) is an ecumenical support program that brings together Christian pastors and ordained deacons from diverse denominations, ethnicities, cultures, ages, and socio-economic backgrounds. The program provides opportunities for pastors to build peer relationships and accompany one another in their ministries. CiM aims to improve their sense of well-being spiritually and professionally, and to foster a supportive, ecumenical ministry network in southeast Wisconsin.
CiM is an outreach of Marquette University’s commitment to community engagement for social responsibility, building a more inclusive culture, and the formation of minds and hearts. Participants learn elements of Ignatian Spirituality and Shared Inquiry - a discussion methodology from the Great Books Foundation. The program is named “Companions” in keeping with a centuries-long Jesuit/Ignatian tradition, and the model of accompaniment and seeking God in all things
CiM small groups include 6-10 pastors who meet monthly or every other month. Groups determine their own dates to meet. Group discussions often include a reading about clergy well-being, resiliency, happiness and other themes of the CiM grant. Pastors pray together and accompany each other in ministry. Trained leaders facilitate the groups and make use of the "Shared Inquiry" method of discussion. Each cohort lasts for 18-24 months. The cohort opens and closes with retreat time and includes two plenary sessions each year to facilitate networking among the pastors.
There are 56 pastors involved in Companions in Ministry at this time.