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. 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. Participants learn about elements of Ignatian Spirituality during their program.

CiM convenes pastors for prayer, fellowship, discussion groups, and social time. Sixty-five pastors have participated in CiM since 2019. A new small group of pastors will begin in fall 2024. Discussions focus mainly on vocation, well-being, spirituality, resiliency, and other relevant topics. Pastors benefit from networking during ecumenical retreats and  large group clergy gatherings. Please contact Dr. Stephen Jenks for details, 414-288-5049, or Sheila Stafford, 414-288-5031.