Women at the Wellsprings


Drawing from the rich wellsprings of the monastic tradition, Women at the Wellsprings is designed to assist women pastoral leaders serving in congregational settings discover a rhythm of prayer and develop spiritual practices for sustaining and thriving in ministry.  The program will draw together a community of twenty women ministers from various denominations and from across the southeast. It will afford them space and time to explore the ways in which the rhythm of prayer and monastic spirituality that is integral to monastic communities can be used to nurture women pastoral ministers personally in their role as pastoral leaders within their congregations.  The program will also include focused content in areas pertinent to pastoral leadership.  

During five eight-day sessions over two and a half years, the women will engage in theological, scriptural and experiential reflection in addition to simply having time to rest, renew, and experience community with other women ministers.  Sponsored by the Benedictine Sisters of Cullman, Alabama, and funded by Lilly Endowment Inc., Women at the Wellsprings will allow the spiritual resources of the monastic tradition to be plumbed for the contributions they can make to strengthening spiritual resiliency in women pastoral leaders and helping them thrive in their congregational settings.

More information about the program, including an application, can be found at this link:  atthewellsprings.org

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Fresh Expressions: Dinner Church

Lewis Center for Church Leadership: Reach New Disciples

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