Strength for the Journey: Brethren Academy is forming 2024 cohorts

By Janet Ober Lambert

During 2023, four clergy cohorts met for mutual encouragement, spiritual support, and conversation around topics of shared interest. Meeting once a month, 90 minutes at a time, participants worshiped together, shared resources, discussed common challenges, and helped each other find strength for the journey of ministry.

Currently, new Strength for the Journey cohorts are forming for 2024, with different themes but the same format: monthly, virtual gatherings supported by funds for resources and a skilled convener to help hold sacred space for each group of ministers.

Strength for the Journey is a program of the Brethren Academy for Ministerial Leadership, a partnership of Bethany Theological Seminary and the Church of the Brethren.

All the 2024 cohorts listed below are open to additional applicants:

“Jesus in the Neighborhood” as related to peacemaking, spiritual practices, and spiritual direction.

Pastors of visitation working with case studies to better serve those who are chronically ill and/or facing end of life concerns.

Pastors new to ministry and/or a congregation who are navigating leadership issues, regular preaching, congregational/community needs, etc.

Ministers exploring the church’s response and adaptation to changes in society that impact regular church attendance and participation in church life. One possible resource: Brene Brown’s “Atlas of the Heart.”

Anyone interested in applying for one or more of the 2024 Strength for the Journey cohorts may apply at Applications will be accepted through mid-December 2023 or until a cohort reaches capacity. Each cohort consists of five to eight ministers. Participants may earn up to 1.2 continuing education units (CEUs) for full participation in this program.

To learn more about Strength for the Journey, please use the link above or contact

There is no financial responsibility for participation. Funding for registration and resources is provided through the David J. and Mary Elizabeth Wieand Trust.

— Janet Ober Lambert is director of the Brethren Academy for Ministerial Leadership.


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