Experienced Clergy as Mentors
Thriving in Ministry mentors are recruited both for their expertise in experiential learning and their experience in several different ministry contexts. All mentors are trained by Thriving in Ministry at VTS and serve a specific Thriving Peer Learning Community throughout the program’s two-years.
Mentors facilitate monthly group conversations and meet one-on-one with priests who are members of their group. In addition to the robust training they receive, Thriving in Ministry mentors are compensated for their time and talent.
Pictured left: (top row from left) David Gortner, Thriving in Ministry at VTS Principal Investigator, Thriving in Ministry mentors John Harmon, Sally French, Susan Clevely, Laura Gettys (bottom row from left) Thriving in Ministry mentor Lisa McIndoo, former Thriving at VTS Program Director Carol Pinkham Oak, Thriving mentor Debra Bennett.
A Thriving in Ministry Mentor Profile: Rev. Brian Fidler
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. 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.
They’re incredibly supportive of each other. For instance, Mary Ellen presented her case study at the most recent meeting, and it was spirit-spilled. Mary Ellen did a good job of asking focusing questions so that people would come prepared. In the weeks leading up to the meeting, she discussed the case with Preston and I and sent us multiple drafts to review. And her work paid off: the case study was well-designed and well-orchestrated with very specific instructions and questions. Her thoughtfulness opened the space for people to emerge in lovely and surprising ways.
Past Thriving in Ministry at VTS Mentors
Rev. Leslie Stewart
Church Planters Peer Learning Community
Revs. John and Rachel Gardner
Clergy Couples Peer Learning Community
Revs. Norman Hull and Kristin Sullivan
Episcopal School Chaplains Peer Learning Community
Revs. Carol Pinkham Oak and Mary Luck Stanley
Women Expanding Leadership Peer Learning Community
Revs. Carol Pinkham Oak and Laura Gettys
Women Seeking Senior Leadership Peer Learning Community
Revs. Kammy Young, David Gortner, and Audrey Miskelley
Church Planters/Public Missioners Peer Learning Community
Revs. Debra Bennet and Milton Williams
Black Diaspora Congregations Peer Learning Community
Revs. Jocelyn Irving and John Harmon
Historic Black Churches Peer Learning Community
Rev. Rachel Nyback
Women Expanding Leadership II Peer Learning Community