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This mentoring program & simultaneous study, funded by a generous grant from the Lilly Endowment & designed by Vineyard USA, aims to increase the well-being and fruitful longevity of our pastors.

[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height=”20px”][vc_column_text]The research on pastoral well-being and longevity is conclusive: Pastors who live well and finish well have many different kinds of mentors. The Well-Being of Pastors Initiative will initially serve 108 Vineyard pastors between 2019 and 2023 and help us better understand pastoral wellness for generations to come.[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height=”20px”][vc_column_text]

About The Grant

Read the press release about the Lilly Endowment grant.

How It Works 

Cohort C will kick off in January 2022. (Please note that is a‚ÄĮnew time, for any of you who have been following our progress!) Cohort C (2022-2023) will be accepting applications August 1-October 20, 2021. Check back August 1, 2021,¬†for the link to the application.¬†

Participants commit to join a 2-year cohort of 42 other pastors from specific affinity groups: 

Each affinity group will ideally consist of 5 to 7 pastor participants and 1 assigned, highly qualified Vineyard mentor from the same affinity group. 

Each cohort will journey together for two years in a transformational experience for their well-being. The journey includes mentoring, coaching, spiritual direction, retreats, and more. Simultaneously, we will conduct a study to discover how mentoring and care increases a senior leader‚Äôs overall well-being and fruitful longevity.¬†[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height=”20px”][vc_column_text]

The Benefits 

Over the course of the 2-year program, Well-being of Pastors participants will receive: 

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Costs 

Your participation in this program is financially covered by the grant. However, all of the above benefits will cost you time, energy, and the work of growth as you go. You will be filling out assessments and surveys along the way about your experience, to contribute to the study and our learning of best practices. 

The program will require teachability, a desire for mentoring, openness to honest relationships with those in your affinity group,¬†time¬†and space in your life schedule to fit in additional conversations and learning,¬†and¬†a passion for the Spirit‚Äôs deep, formative work in your life for God‚Äôs glory, your well-being, and the good of those you influence.¬†[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text css=”.vc_custom_1548255298754{padding-top: 25px !important;padding-right: 30px !important;padding-bottom: 30px !important;padding-left: 30px !important;background-color: #eeebe7 !important;}” el_class=”hide”]

Criteria for Cohort A (April 2019 – April 2021)

The pilot program, Cohort A, will run from April 2019 through April 2021 and is the first of three planned 2-year cohorts.

Affinity groups offered in Cohort A:

Baseline participant criteria for all affinity groups:

You can download applications and find instructions on the top-right of this page.

You may apply for as many affinity groups for which you meet all the inclusion criteria (e.g. women & bi-vocational).

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Travel Requirements

Participants must be able attend the Cohort A Inaugural Retreat at Oak Ridge Conference Center in Chaska, Minnesota on April 25-28, 2019 (a long weekend immediately after Easter) and able to attend an extra day at the Multiply Vineyard event in 2021 (location TBD).

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Note: Affinity groups for the 2020 Cohort are likely to be slightly different: bi-vocational pastors, La Vi√Īa pastors, pastors of color, planting pastors, succession/transition pastors.[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height=”25px”][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/3″ css=”.vc_custom_1548253978389{padding-top: 20px !important;padding-right: 15px !important;padding-bottom: 15px !important;padding-left: 15px !important;background-color: #428cd0 !important;}” el_class=”white-text”][vc_video link=”https://vimeo.com/311143177″][vc_empty_space height=”20px”][vc_column_text]

Cohort C Now Full

All applicants will be contacted by the 2nd week in November to let you know whether or not you have been invited into the program and be given further instructions.

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How to Apply

If you meet the criteria we are looking for in at least one affinity group and would like to apply to participate in Cohort C, please access and complete the full application here.

Plan for 30-45 minutes to complete the on-line application process.

To apply, you’ll need your Vineyard Church ID number and 2021 regional leader’s name. For your convenience, here is a preview of the three short-answer questions to help you prepare.

The short answer is the place in the application where the mentors can get to know you and determine how you might fit into the affinity group he or she will be leading, so please offer more than a one-sentence reply.

1. After discussing the time commitment of this intensive pilot program with your spouse, what are some of the words used to describe his/her feelings about your participation?

2. Discuss how you will make time in your life for the extra hours this Well-being of Pastors Initiative requires of its cohort participants.

3. What motivates you to want to participate?

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Participants will be notified by email of their acceptance the week of March 1, 2019.

Application Instructions

Please save your application document file as your first & last name + ‚Äúcohort A app‚ÄĚ (e.g. John Doe Cohort A app.PDF).

Applications must be emailed with attached/embedded photo (1 email with 1 attachment, please!) to and CC .

An acknowledgement of receipt will be returned.

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Cohort B‚Äôs application will have an early October 2019 deadline and Nov/Dec announcement date for new affinity group participants to prepare for a February 2020 Inaugural Retreat and will likely include these affinity groups: Bi-vocational Pastors, La Vi√Īa Pastors, Pastors of Color, Planting Pastors, Succeeding/Transitioning Pastors.[/vc_column_text][vc_raw_html]JTNDYSUyMGlkJTNEJTIyY29ob3J0QiUyMiUzRSUzQyUyRmElM0U=[/vc_raw_html][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row css_animation=”” row_type=”row” use_row_as_full_screen_section=”yes” type=”grid” angled_section=”no” text_align=”left” background_image=”1086″ background_image_as_pattern=”without_pattern” background_color=”#000000″ padding_top=”40″ padding_bottom=”40″ bg_type=”image” el_class=”darken-20″][vc_column][vc_row_inner row_type=”row” type=”full_width” text_align=”left” css_animation=”” css=”.vc_custom_1548259038576{padding-left: 25px !important;background-color: #eeebe7 !important;}”][vc_column_inner width=”1/2″ css=”.vc_custom_1548260104179{padding-right: 25px !important;}”][vc_empty_space height=”25px”][vc_column_text css=”.vc_custom_1610491644865{background-color: #eeebe7 !important;}”]

About Cohort C

Cohort C will run from January 2022 through December 2023 and is the final of our three 2-year cohorts.

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Orientation & Inaugural Retreat 

Cohort C will start with a retreat on January 13-16, 2022, at a retreat center we’ve enjoyed before, the TBarM Retreat Center in New Braunfels, Texas, between Austin and San Antonio. The participants (7 affinity groups x 6 people each) will have a long weekend of formation, sharing, and training to begin their two-year journey together. Participants will have the opportunity to get to know the other cohort members, (especially those within their affinity group), their mentor, as well as some spiritual directors and coaches, in person and online. 

Program Mentoring 

After the Inaugural Retreat, over the next 23 months, each affinity group in Cohort C will meet 17 times online (Zoom video meetings) as a group for 60-90 minutes facilitated by their mentor to discuss topics that are both universal to all senior pastors (eg. conflict) and affinity group-specific (eg. time management and ministry focus for bi-vocational pastors). Each participant will also meet individually with the mentor for personalized mentoring in those months. You may have noticed that there are 23 months and only 17 meetings. This is so that you and your affinity group can schedule breaks that work within your annual ministry rhythm. The specific break months will be decided on by each individual affinity group during the Inaugural Retreat (so bring your calendar). 

Program Spiritual Direction & Coaching 

Besides the mentoring sessions with your affinity group mentor, participants will have 17 individual online appointments available to him or her with a Spiritual Director and a Coach. If you‚Äôre figuring the time commitment, that‚Äôs an average of‚ÄĮ4 one-hour meetings per month in each month you meet; three meetings are private, one-on-one meetings with your helper, and one meeting is with your affinity group.¬†

Program Completion 

In late 2023, as the affinity group’s formal journey together is drawing to a close, there will be a day for the entire cohort to gather face-to-face again, share a couple of meals, and participate in a final day of formation and reflection. This special day is called The Beyond Retreat, and will help participants in moving beyond where there are, in actionable next steps. 

Prior to the Inaugural Retreat (Jan 13-16, 2022) and after program completion (Dec 2023), two effectiveness measurement tools (in the form of online questionnaires) will be administered to each participant. 

Answers to the initial questionnaire will help guide the program and help us learn about the well-being and longevity of pastors. Answers to the final questionnaire will help us measure growth and discover what practices increase well-being and improve fruitful longevity for Vineyard pastors.¬†[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height=”25px”][vc_column_text css=”.vc_custom_1625085691003{background-color: #eeebe7 !important;}”]

Time Commitment At A Glance 

Note: There is flexibility in the timing of the 17 meetings over the 23 months, and the grant provides for these total numbers of meetings per helper. The participant will determine with his or her Mentor, Coach, and Spiritual Director where the Holy Spirit is directing their growth track at that time. All participants are expected to log onto their affinity group meeting in a timely manner as this is a group-dynamic-driven meeting where participant pastors are learning and¬†growing from¬†each other¬†and it cannot be ‚Äúmade up‚ÄĚ later. In an extreme emergency and with the permission of the Mentor, Spiritual Director, or Coach, individual meetings may be re-scheduled.¬†

 

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Affinity Groups Offered In Cohort C 

All Affinity Groups are open for application in Cohort C.  You may notice that we name 8 affinity groups below, and have funding for 7, because all groups may not meet the threshold of 5 qualified applicants to form. These are the criteria we are looking for in each affinity group. 

Baseline Participant Criteria For All Affinity Groups 

All pastors who meet the inclusion criteria and descriptions above and are interested in being mentored are encouraged to apply. You may apply for more than one affinity group if you cross-qualify. [i.e,¬†women & bi-vocational, etc.].¬†[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height=”25px”][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row css_animation=”” row_type=”row” use_row_as_full_screen_section=”yes” type=”grid” angled_section=”no” text_align=”left” background_image=”1086″ background_image_as_pattern=”without_pattern” background_color=”#000000″ padding_top=”40″ padding_bottom=”40″ bg_type=”image” el_class=”darken-20 hide”][vc_column][vc_row_inner row_type=”row” type=”full_width” text_align=”left” css_animation=”” css=”.vc_custom_1548259038576{padding-left: 25px !important;background-color: #eeebe7 !important;}”][vc_column_inner width=”1/2″ css=”.vc_custom_1548260104179{padding-right: 25px !important;}”][vc_empty_space height=”25px”][vc_column_text css=”.vc_custom_1578517442958{background-color: #eeebe7 !important;}”]

About Cohort B

Cohort B will run from January 2020 through January 2022 and is the second of three planned 2-year cohorts.

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Orientation & Inaugural Retreat

Cohort B, the 2020 group, will start with a retreat on January 30 – February 2 at the TBarM Retreat Center in New Braunfels just outside of San Antonio, Texas. The participants (5 affinity groups x 6 people each) will have a long weekend of formation, sharing, and training to begin their two-year journey together. Participants will have the opportunity to get to know the cohort members, (especially those within their affinity group), their mentor, as well as some directors and coaches in person and online.

Year One

For the next 11 months, each affinity group in Cohort B will meet online (Zoom video meetings) as a group with their mentor to discuss various topics that are both universal to all senior pastors (eg. conflict) and affinity group-specific (eg. ministry focus for bi-vocational pastors).

Additionally, the participants will have individual online appointments each month with a Spiritual Director, a Coach, and their Mentor. (If you’re figuring the time commitment, that’s 4 one-hour meetings per month during the first year; three meetings are private, one-on-one meetings, and one meeting is with your affinity group of six).

Year Two

In year two, Cohort B will gradually decrease the regularity of their online mentoring. During months 12-18 the affinity group and individual meetings with Mentors, Spiritual Directors, and Coaches will decrease to every other month. In the final months 18-24, these meetings will decrease to once per quarter.

Program Completion

In January 2022, as the affinity group’s formal journey together is drawing to a close, there will be a day for the entire cohort to gather face-to-face again, share a meal, and participate in a final day of formation and reflection. This special day will be in connection to the annual Multiply Vineyard Summit (location and date TBD).

Prior to the inaugural retreat (January 30-Feb 2, 2020) and after program completion (January 2022), an effectiveness measurement tool (in the form of an online questionnaire called the General Well-being Assessment) will be administered to each participant.

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Diminishing Time Commitment at a Glance

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Affinity groups offered in Cohort C:

People who meet the following criteria are invited to apply for Cohort C during the open-application period of July 1-August 23, 2020. The structure and time commitment of the program will look very similar to what you see here for Cohort B.

Baseline participant criteria for all affinity groups:

All pastors who meet the inclusion criteria and descriptions above and are interested in being mentored are encouraged to apply. You may apply for more than one affinity group if you cross-qualify. [eg. women & bi-vocational, etc.].

You can access the application here and find instructions beginning July 1, 2020. Plan for 30-45 minutes to complete the on-line application process. Here is a preview of the three short-answer questions to help you prepare. This is the place in the application where the mentors can get to
know you.

After discussing the time commitment of this intensive pilot program with your spouse, what are some of the words used to describe his/her feelings about your participation?

Discuss how you will make time in your life for the extra hours this Well-being of Pastors Initiative requires of its cohort participants.

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About Cohort A

The pilot program, Cohort A, will run from April 2019 through April 2021 and is the first of three planned 2-year cohorts.

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Orientation & Inaugural Retreat

Cohort A, the 2019 group, will start with a retreat on April 25-28 at the Oak Ridge Conference Center in Chaska (Minneapolis), Minnesota. The 30 participants (5 affinity groups x 6 people each) will have a long weekend of formation and training to begin their two-year journey. Participants will have the opportunity to get to know the cohort members, (especially those within their affinity group), their mentor, as well as a spiritual director and a coach.

Year One

For the next 12 months, each affinity group in Cohort A will meet online (Zoom video meetings) as a group with their mentor to discuss various topics that are both universal to all senior pastors (eg. conflict) and affinity group-specific (eg. ministry focus for bi-vocational pastors).

Additionally, the participants will have individual online appointments each month with a spiritual director, a coach, and their mentor. (If you’re figuring the time commitment, that’s 4 one-hour meetings per month during the first year; three meetings are private, one-on-one meetings, and one meeting is with your affinity group of six).

Year Two

In year two, Cohort A will gradually decrease the regularity of their online mentoring. During months 12-18 the affinity group and individual meetings with Mentors, Spiritual Directors, and Coaches will decrease to every other month. In the final months 18-24, these meetings will decrease to once per quarter.

Program Completion

In January 2021, as the affinity group’s journey together is drawing to a close, there will be a day for the entire cohort to gather face-to-face again, share a meal, and participate in a final day of formation and reflection. This special day will be in connection to the annual Multiply Vineyard Summit (Houston, TX, date TBD).

Prior to the inaugural retreat (April 25-28, 2019) and after program completion (~ April 2021), an effectiveness measurement tool (in the form of an online questionnaire) will be administered to each participant.

Answers to the initial questionnaire will help guide the program and help us learn about the well-being and longevity of pastors. Answers to the final questionnaire will help us measure growth and discover what practices increase well-being and improve fruitful longevity for Vineyard pastors.[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height=”25px”][vc_column_text css=”.vc_custom_1548259756104{background-color: #eeebe7 !important;}”]===

Diminishing Time Commitment at a Glance

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Affinity groups offered in Cohort A:

Baseline participant criteria for all affinity groups:

All pastors who meet the inclusion criteria and descriptions above and are interested in being mentored are encouraged to apply. You may apply for more than one affinity group if you cross-qualify. [eg. women & bi-vocational, etc.].

You can download applications and find instructions above.

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