We seek to fulfill our mission through the following practices:



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Helping people pursue their identity in Christ and clarify their calling through spiritual formation. We view vocation—understanding God's call—as foundational to those who lead.

Summit – annual gathering of Christian leaders, church members, and university students for conversations about faith and life for ministry throughout the world.

ElderLink – events held across the country for persons engaged in congregational leadership.

Contemplative Ministers’ Initiative – a two-year spiritual formation program for early-career ministers.

Ministers’ Support Network – weekend sabbatical retreats designed for ministry couples in need of renewal, reflection, and discernment.



Offering tools to churches, leaders, and other Christ-followers who wish to flourish in their efforts to be faithful in Christian service.

Church Health Assessment – a robust and statistically reliable research instrument providing objective profiles across nine areas of congregational life.

Ministers’ Salary Survey – an annual nationwide survey measuring minister compensation packages.

Downloads – a collection of documents tailored to church leaders.

Video Resources – numerous videos exploring a variety of topics for church leaders and other Christ-followers.



Nurturing an array of relationships among Christian leaders to foster meaningful connections with other leaders, consultants, and learning communities.

Consulting Services – access to experts who specialize in various aspects of congregational ministry, biblical text, and the Christian life.

MinistryLink – a web-based job board for ministers and churches.

The Looking Team – an active, relationally driven team helping churches find candidates for open ministry positions.



Providing avenues to reflect on ministry and culture, faith, and best practices. God is actively at work in our world, and creating space for conversation and reflection helps leaders recognize and participate in God's work.

Mosaic – a blog hosting conversation about Christian service, spiritual vitality, and cultural engagement.

Discernment: Theology and the Practice of Ministry – a digital, online, peer-reviewed journal that presents work describing Christian ministry in an array of contexts.

E-Newsletter – monthly communications announcing events and highlighting resources.