Have you ever wanted to get together with a group of pastors who are interested in learning and reading about the same things that interest you and your congregation? Wouldn't it be great to have the added resources necessary to learn from the "expert" and/or go to the places to experience greater learning. Wouldn't it be exciting to participate in the planning of this journey? In 2009, Journey Groups received a sustainability grant from the Lilly Foundation Sustaining Pastoral Excellence Program to continue to allow pastors to do just that!
Beginning in 2009, every two years, two new Journey Groups will begin. This two year Journey Group process takes the peer group through a journey of formation, cultivation, exploration, transformation (with a congregation cohort joining the journey), and celebration. The 2009-2011 groups were based on learning around the themes of Multi-ethnic Ministry and the Missional Church. Currently, the Journey Groups are learning around the themes of Discipleship and Social Justice. The learning themes for Journey Groups beginning September 2013-May 2015 will be around the themes of Spawning New Churches and The Soul of Leadership. We are always open to new ideas for themes, so if you have a group of pastors desiring to learn around a common theme, let us know!