Transition into Ministry


IN FOCUS: Emerging as Ministers Thirteen young clergy share the poignant and inspiring stories of their first steps on the path to pastoral ministry.

Experimenting with the Transition into Ministry
James P. Wind, president of the Alban Institute, explores historical and ongoing experiments to help close the gap between seminary training and the practice of ministry in the world

A Strong Start
David J. Wood offers a look at how the Transition into Ministry program, which he coordinates, is succeeding in helping news pastors thrive during and after their first pastoral experiences

The First Five Years
Kathryn Palen, an ordained American Baptist minister and former director of consulting for the Alban Institute, interviews the leaders of four Transition into Ministry programs to learn how they work and what they are accomplishing

What Seminaries Do Well
Lawrence Golemon, a research associate at the Alban Institutes, presents significant findings from a recent Carnegie Foundation study of clergy education

Creating the Conditions for New Pastors’ Success
Carol Pinkham Oak, rector of St. John’s Church in Ellicott City, Maryland, discusses the importance of providing new pastors with a safe learning environment and multiple supports in their first two years of ministry

Dimensions of Pastoral Authority
Christina Braudaway-Bauman, associate for new clergy development for the Massachusetts Conference, United Church of Christ, and pastoral residency coordinator at Wellesley Congregational Church, UCC, explores pastoral authority as something that is granted, earned, claimed, borrowed, and shared


ASK ALBAN Alban senior consultant Edward White explores the root causes of the clergy shortagE