Contemplative Ministers’ Initiative (CMI)

This two-year spiritual formation program helps ministers grow spiritually and maintain a healthy balance in the busyness of ministry.

Spiritual Vitality

Through CMI, we go beyond teaching leadership techniques and skills, and instead focus on providing early-career ministers with guidance on how to grow spiritually. This emphasis on spiritual vitality in turn equips participants for longevity in ministry and prepares them to effectively weather the seemingly unceasing demands of ministry. Here’s what one CMI participant had to say about his experience:

Wilmer Rivera

Wilmer Rivera

CMI has impacted me by causing me to value time alone with God more. It’s opened a space that allows me to be quieter, more attentive, and also gives me the desire to consistently seek God’s presence. This, in effect, gives me increased balance and helps me to do ministry better and to be more in tune with God. It’s also made it okay to spend this quality time with God without feeling guilty because I’m not constantly doing something.
— Wilmer Rivera, evangelism minister, High Pointe Church of Christ, McKinney, Texas


Each year we launch a new cohort of 12 ministers who are in the first half of their careers, and each cohort runs for two years. Twice each year, these ministers gather for multi-day retreats designed to nurture their spiritual growth on a deeply personal level.

Randy Harris, Siburt Institute spiritual director, founded and continues to lead CMI. Additionally, Eddie Sharp, serves as a conversation partner for the elders of each CMI participant. This interaction with participants’ elders helps deepen the ministers’ spiritual growth and the positive impact on their congregations.


If you have questions or wish to recommend someone for CMI, contact Renee Paul.