Colloquy for Mid Career Clergy

Clergy in mid-career face challenges, both personal and professional, that are unique to their stage in life and vocational trajectory. They have accumulated experience, know-how, and a certain amount of confidence. Not quite novices, many are still not “experts.” In fact, one of the paradoxes of clergy in mid-career is serving in increasingly complex contexts that continue to challenge their competencies.

Who should attend

This application-based program is designed for mid-career clergy (ten to twenty years into full time ministry) who are seeking to participate in a professional formative conversation, or to reflect on their vocational experience and assess their ability to meet the leadership demands/needs of their organization. Attention will be given to addressing common experiences and issues of mid-career clergy: facing either a normative or unanticipated career transition, standing at a vocational crossroads of some sort, engaging in reflective self-assessment, and finding support among peers.


The co-facilitators for this colloquy are Dr. Betty Pugh Mills and Rev. Jonathan W. Ball. Jonathan serves as Coordinator of Clinical Pastoral Education at Northside Hospital, Atlanta, GA. Betty is Senior Pastor at Hampton Baptist Church, Hampton, VA. Previously she served as Senior Pastor of Grace Baptist Church, Richmond, VA for over twenty years.

Dates and Costs

Participants must commit to attending both sessions, August 15-17, 2016 and January 23-25, 2017.

The application deadline will remain open until filled. Applicants will be notified within a week of their application. Apply here.

Location, Fees and Housing

Location: The Center for Lifelong Learning. Harrington Center

Program Fee: $600

Housing and meals:  The Center for Lifelong Learning will provide meals and a reduced housing fee for those accepted in the program. There is no room charge for Harrington Center and Florida Hall for two nights, single or double rooms. For Queen Suites at the Harrington Center there is a charge of $56.12 for two nights.