The Collegeville Institute Rural Minnesota Fellows Program brings together an ecumenical group of ministers from rural Minnesota with professionals from other sectors of rural Minnesota society in order to strengthen these religious leaders’ sense of themselves as civic leaders and public theologians. Clergy who serve rural areas in Minnesota are often underserved by leadership development opportunities designed to meet their specific needs: we hope to help address this deficit through the Rural Fellows Program.
This unique leadership development opportunity is for ministers in the early to middle years of their career. The program is designed, then, for those who are approximately 5 to 15 years out of seminary, with 20 or more years to give in ministry to church and community. The first cohort of 12 fellows began in October 2017 and ended in July 2019.
The application deadline for the second cohort of fellows is now closed.
Rural ministry must pay attention to the larger context within which a congregation or parish lives out its mission. Such ministry responds to the issues affecting peoples’ lives, and does so with compassion, wisdom, competence and hope.
For more information, contact Program Director, Bernie Evans, at bevans@CollegevilleInstitute.org or 320-420-4813.