The life of ministry is a marvelous calling—a chance to be a shepherd, an encourager, a witness to the hope we share in God's presence and grace. But the journey has its steep passages. Almost every pastor encounters times when the work becomes burdensome and dispiriting. Many experience exhaustion and burnout. Some come to doubt their identities as leaders, or the relevance of their work for the contemporary world.
Frontiers is a new project of Westmont College designed to help pastors thrive in the "long obedience" of their profession. Provided free of cost for eligible ministry professionals, this program is established through the generous support of Lilly Endowment Inc., and offers retreat, intellectual rejuvenation, spiritual direction, and mentorship as vital supports for church leaders to flourish in their calling.
The program includes two tracks, designed to address the specific needs of pastors in different stages of their careers.
The first track, New Frontiers, serves pastors as they are developing relational, intellectual, and leadership tools for during the initial years of their professional lives; it seeks to enrich new pastors' vision for the scope and relevance of ministry, to establish and expand their peer networks, and to give them practical tools for navigating the road ahead. The second track, Next Frontiers, focuses on mid-career pastors who seek renewal and wisdom as they consider new possibilities for service, whether in their current positions or new posts. Both tracks provide ministers with companionship and counsel, offering robust mentoring opportunities with peers and senior clergy.
We invite general inquiries at email@example.com. For more information about the two individual program tracks, please follow the links above.