Leading a congregation is both profoundly gratifying and seriously challenging. There may be days you feel like you’re living on a spiritual mountaintop, but there are also long weeks, months, or even years that can feel like you are wandering in a valley, alone and isolated. Where do you go when you hit a low point? How can you move from surviving church ministry to thriving?
The Thriving Church Ministries Certificate is designed exclusively for pastors who want to thrive in their role. We focus on personal and spiritual development with attention to authenticity, core identity, mentorship and community. When you start this program, you join a community that will walk with you through the low points of life. You’ll start to build a reservoir of resources to draw from in difficult seasons and discover how you can thrive in your ministry.
You will have the opportunity to connect your studies to your current pastoral work by interacting with mentors and peers. We make it as seamless as possible for you to apply your learning immediately to the mission that matters most. Through a broad network of pastors, you will have the opportunity to forge connections with other leaders who struggle with the same issues you face.
Our Thriving Church Ministries program functions in three phases, which we call “modules.” The modules are broken up by season: Fall, Winter and Spring. Each module builds on the last to create a comprehensive curriculum designed to strengthen your leadership and nourish your spiritual life all in the context of a pastoral community. Learn more about each module below.
Thriving in Church Ministries offers a safe, non-judgmental space for sharing and empowering pastors. The relationships and instruction afforded by the program are an unbeatable combination! I highly recommend it.
Lead Pastor and New Church Planter
The Thriving in Church Ministries cohort gave me new breath and life. I experienced sanctuary and comradery while connecting with other pastors who are like-minded, understand my pain and share my passion.
My experience in the Thriving in Church Ministries cohort changed my life forever! I am humbled and so very grateful to have participated. The most valuable topics to me were self-care, learning how to have a healthy mindset and gleaning from other seasoned pastors.
The Thriving in Church Ministries experience gave me new insight into my leadership style. We experienced in-depth discussions that pastors and leaders need to discover how leadership style impacts relationships.
The Thriving in Church Ministries program gave me new friendships, fresh insight and encouragement to continue moving forward in the work of ministry.
We’re here to support you as you follow God’s call on your life. When you complete this form, we will personally reach out to discuss our Thriving Church Ministries program. We’re here to support you as you discern which path of ministry at Ashland Theological Seminary is right for you.