Over the past eight years, I had the privilege of serving as program coordinator for the Lilly Endowment’s Transition into Ministry grants program. This work has helped me to see the fruitfulness of attending more closely to those who are in their earliest years of ministry. When the program began back in 2001, “transition into ministry” was little more than the name of a program. Since then it has become a category of reflection and inquiry.
In From Midterms to Ministry, 24 people who have been ordained to ministry, mostly in mainline denominations, reflect on their transition from preparing for ministry in seminary to practicing ministry in a congregation.