Thriving in Ministry is forming the 2020-22 cohort of Learning Communities

Virginia Theological Seminary
Posted Apr 27, 2020

Virginia Theological Seminary (VTS) announces the invitation to strengthen the uniqueness of ministry and to build leadership capacity through Thriving in Ministry, an initiative funded by the Lilly Endowment, Inc.  Thriving in Ministry provides mentored peer learning for Episcopal priests in specific contextual cohorts. Our peer learning communities include:

· School chaplains and rectors with schools
· New mission efforts (church planters, community organizer- and evangelist priests)
· Women expanding leadership capacity
· Ethnic Ministries priests (Asian, Latinx, and African American)
· Clergy couples
Learn with peers. Go deeper with a mentor. Grow your strengths for ministry and leadership. Commit to 18 peer community sessions, 18 mentor sessions and an expense-paid Thriving Gathering for a two-year experiential learning journey that will engage and enhance your ministry now. Peers + Mentors + Ministry Conversations of Depth, Meaning and Purpose = Thriving!

Visit the Thriving in Ministry website to apply or contact The Rev. Carol Pinkham Oak, D.Min. at for more information.


Founded in 1823 as a beacon of hope in a country new and finding its way, Virginia Theological Seminary is the flagship Seminary of the Episcopal Church. One of our first benefactors was Francis Scott Key, whose poem provides the text for our national anthem. In the 191 years since being established, VTS has led the way in forming leaders of the Episcopal Church, including: the Most Rev. John E. Hines (VTS 1933, D.D. 1946), former presiding bishop of the Episcopal Church; the Rt. Rev. John T. Walker (VTS 1954, D.D. 1978), the first African-American bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Washington; and theologian, author and lay preacher Ms. Verna J. Dozier (VTS D.D. 1978). Serving the worldwide Anglican Communion, Virginia Theological Seminary educates approximately 25% of those being ordained who received residential theological education. Visit us online at