Company of New Pastors April Newsletter
The Company of New Pastors
Pastoral formation begins while still in seminary. Life-long habits developed and nurtured during seminary and through the first years of pastoral ministry can nurture good and faithful ministry across a lifetime. Company of New Pastors works to develop and maintain spiritual vitality, theological depth, personal integrity and social wisdom in new pastors. In community with ministerial colleagues under the guidance of wise mentors, these qualities can grow and flourish.Through daily prayer, daily scripture reading and regular theological reflection, Company of New Pastors helps establish and nurture habits of theological reflection and spiritual formation that supply the energy and wisdom necessary to sustain a lifetime of pastoral leadership.
Company of New Pastors has two program phases: seminary and covenant groups.
Mentoring and accountability are features of both seminary groups and regional covenant groups. Mentors model what it means to walk with colleagues in accountability and encouragement around shared disciplines that nurture a common vocation. If you are interested in becoming a Pastor Mentor, you can find more information here.
Company of New Pastors invites those preparing for pastoral leadership into the program and practices of The Company of Pastors. The program covenant is a rhythm of sustained study and disciplined prayer, in the regular company of colleagues.
Participants in the Company of New Pastors covenant to meet together regularly for study and corporate prayer. Between meetings they practice daily disciplines of Bible reading, prayer and study of the church’s confessional resources. Drawing on the covenant of the Company of Pastors, there are four sources for daily readings: the Daily Lectionary (BCW 2-year cycle), the Psalms, The Book of Confessions (including selections from the Book of Order and the Study Catechism) and the Mission Yearbook for Prayer & Study.
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