Experienced Clergy as Mentors
Thriving Mentors are recruited for their experience in experiential learning and their experience in several different ministry contexts. All mentors are trained by Thriving in Ministry and serve a specific Peer Learning Community throughout the two-year cohort. Mentors facilitate group conversation and work on with individual priests in their group. In addition to the robust training they receive, Thriving mentors are compensated for their time.
There really is a chemistry to this group that Preston (co-facilitator) and I could not manufacture. I expected some congeniality, since many of chaplains knew each other, and Preston and I, through the National Association of Episcopal Schools. And because due to the nature of academic communities, school chaplains are accustomed to embracing community in unique ways and to reaching out to incorporate people who are new into the community. Still, their openness to each other—and the Thriving process—surprised me.
Our Current Thriving Mentors
Kit Carlson and Carol Pinkham Oak – Women Expanding Leadership
Merry Change, Leonard Oaks, Un Don Paul – AsiAmerica Missioners
Jason Evans, Lisa Fishbeck, Jim and Kim Griffith– Experienced Church Planters
Brian Fidler and Preston Hannibal – School Chaplains
Glenna Huber and Amanda Miller-Garber – Church Planters
Mark Stanley and Mary Luck Stanley – Clergy Couples
Todd and Diane Vie – Clergy Couples
Don Fishburne and Bill Coyne – The Episcopal Church in South Carolina
Joanna White – At-Large