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Thriving in Ministry
Supported by the Lilly Endowment, the Thriving in Ministry initiative has two aims:

     1) To create vibrant peer learning groups for clergy in distinct settings, and 
     2) To advance the continuing education of clergy through the support of trained facilitators and mentors.

Our team recognizes adult learners thrive when they have the freedom to identify what they want to learn and then receive consistent coaching and feedback towards those goals. This belief anchors Thriving at VTS and informs the communities we create--peer groups that embrace transition, reinvigorate vocation, and transform relationships. 

Simply put, we offer clergy a way to claim the unique strengths they bring to ministry and the vitality they infuse into the church. 
Thriving in Ministry creates novel ways for clergy to learn what they need to flourish in their vocation. We are energized by our mission and inspired by the prospect of your participation. We hope you’ll join us in the movement to enrich and transform pastoral leadership.
Our Peer Learning Groups

Thriving in Ministry peer learning groups form around clergy in the following contexts: 
  • Church Planters 
  • Clergy Couples
  • Episcopal School Chaplains
  • Ethnic Missioners
  • Women Expanding Their Leadership


University of Notre Dame, Wellbeing at Work Program
“Flourishing in Ministry” Project Research & Wellbeing Models (Link)
“How to Get Better at the Things You Care About” by Eduardo Briceño
TED Talk (Link)
“How to Have Fierce Conversations That Can Change Your Entire Business”
Podcast – The ONE Thing (Link)
“There’s More to Life Than Being Happy” by Emily Esfahani Smith
TED Talk (Link)
“What’s Your Pillar of Meaning?”
Quiz (Link)
“Why Self-Compassion Works Better Than Self-Esteem” by Olga Khazan
Article (Link)
“A Willingness to be Bad” by Austin Kleon
Blog Post (Link)
“Growth Mindset: Clearing up Some Common Confusions” by Eduardo Briceño
Article (Link)
Contact Us
Thriving in Ministry
Virginia Theological Seminary
Box 142
Alexandria, VA 22304

List of 3 members.

  • Photo of David Gortner

    The Rev. David Gortner Ph.D. 

    Principal Investigator for the Lilly-funded Thriving in Ministry Initiative
  • Photo of Carol Pinkham Oak

    The Rev. Carol Pinkham Oak D.Min. 

    Project Director for the Lilly-funded Thriving in Ministry Initiative
  • Photo of Charlotte Greeson

    Charlotte Greeson 

    Project Administrator, Thriving in Ministry
3737 Seminary Road, Alexandria, Virginia 22304  |  Phone: 703-370-6600 or 800-941-0083 | Employee Directory