Thriving in Ministry

Thriving in Ministry

Research has shown that our pastors of today are more diverse than ever before, and yet with that comes a more complex array of challenges facing those in ministry. The multi-faceted challenges facing today’s pastors often lead to feelings of isolation, stress, being overwhelmed, and being personally depleted.

Funded by a $1M grant from the Lilly Endowment, North Park Theological Seminary is developing programs to serve our students and ECC pastors to help address these challenges through three crucial aspects: Thriving Spiritually, Thriving Prophetically, and Thriving Vocationally.

Thriving Spiritually

We are strengthening our Spiritual Direction program through providing scholarships to individuals in need of assistance with the goal of making the program more diverse. We are also developing continuing education opportunities for trained Spiritual Directors.

Thriving Prophetically

We are seeking to connect individuals who are working in justice-related areas of ministry and equipping them through peer-led, group mentoring cohorts. Another initiative of Thriving Prophetically is to further develop the “Seminary in Prison” model by creating cohorts of free and incarcerated students to learn from each other and alongside each other.

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Thriving Vocationally

We are developing peer-led, group mentoring cohorts around the country for women currently serving in ministry. Our goal is to bring women clergy together from different ministry settings to help them equip and resource each other in their ministry areas.

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Meet Our Team

David Kersten

Grant Director,
Vice President for Church Relations and Dean of the Seminary

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Rob Peterson

Oversees Thriving Spiritually Programs,
Director of the Center for Spiritual Direction

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Michelle Clifton-Soderstrom

Oversees Thriving Prophetically Programs,
Dean of Faculty & Professor of Theology and Ethics

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Christy Bouris

Oversees Thriving Vocationally Programs

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Luke Palmerlee

Grant Director,
Director of Seminary Operations

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