Flourishing in Ministry

Flourishing in Ministry: Cultivating Trustworthy Relationships

A Circle of Trust Experience for Ministry Leaders


Truly, we live with mysteries too marvelous to be understood…Let me keep company always with those who say, ‘Look!’ and laugh in astonishment and bow their heads.~Mary Oliver
Flourishing in Ministry is a Center for Courage & Renewal (CCR) retreat series for clergy and faith leaders.  Across the country clergy spanning the religious spectrum have benefited from participation in CCR programs, based on the work of writer and activist Parker J. Palmer.  The unique Circle of Trust approach has helped many clergy feel more grounded in their calls, more courageous in claiming their voices, and more hospitable to the differences of others.

Flourishing in Ministry aims to support congregational clergy through its unique Circle of Trust approach to self-reflection and community building.  Clergy will be invited to reflect on their sense of call as it exists now, learn from each other, and find strength and possibility for the next season of ministry.

Flourishing in Ministry includes five different cohort series, and one of them is at Pearlstone Conference and Retreat Center outside of Baltimore!  Each cohort series will consist of three retreats (one 4-day event and two 3-day events) over a 13-month period, as well as small group peer learning calls in between retreats.  Generously underwritten by the Lilly Foundation, Flourishing in Ministry has ample scholarship money to make the series affordable for anyone.  Don’t delay – application deadlines are approaching!  More information on this unique opportunity can be found here