February 1, 2013 is the application deadline for a new, two-year learning experience, The Macedonian Ministries Program: a Cohort Learning Community of Support and Engagement, offered by Columbia Theological Seminary’s Center for Lifelong Learning. This holistic, two-year program encompasses four central characteristics: commitment, learning community, supportive community and community engagement. The program is made possible by a generous grant from the Macedonian Ministries Program of the CF Foundation, headquartered in Atlanta, GA.
To foster the development of collegial relationships, meaningful learning and community engagement projects, the participants for this program will be located within an identified program service area comprised of fifteen counties in south-central Georgia. Those counties areBaldwin, Bibb, Butts, Jones, Houston, Lamar, Macon, Monroe, Marion, Schley, Taylor, Talbot, Twiggs, Upson, and Wilkinson. Small groups of 4-6 pastors per group will submit a group proposal and individual applications. A cohort of approximately 20 clergy, or 3-5 small groups, will be formed from the applicants selected.
The Macedonian Ministry Program is open to pastors of any denomination who have 5 or more years in ordained ministry and who are currently in active service, preferably within a congregational setting. The application deadline for the pilgrimage is February 1, 2013. Applicants will be notified of acceptance by March 1.
During the two years (May 2013-May 2015), the cohort will spend time together in retreat settings, small group meetings, and a two-week pilgrimage to the Holy Land that will take place October 2-16, 2013. This unique program is designed so that participants may deepen their spiritual journey, clarify their call to ministry, develop meaningful relationships with colleagues and gain valuable insights that will, with God’s help, sustain them in the life of ministry. Groups will be recruited from several counties in south-central Georgia.
Deedra Rich, associate director of spirituality and lifelong learning will serve as Program Director, and Jim Dant, a graduate of the Certificate in Spiritual Formation and Doctor of Ministry in Christian Spirituality at the seminary, will serve as Spiritual Director. Dant currently serves as a partner in Faithlab, located in Macon, GA and is the former pastor of the Highland Hills Baptist Church there. Said Rich of this opportunity, “We are excited to offer this extraordinary, two-year cohort learning program.
Through it we will enable pastors to step back from the demands and challenges of everyday ministry, to visit the birthplace of our faith, to learn and serve together in meaningful ways, and to reflect on their life and ministry.”
Columbia Theological Seminary, located in Decatur, Georgia, was established in 1828 and is one of 10 theological institutions of the Presbyterian Church (USA).