There is a “critical character of first years” in ministry and this program increases our capacity to assist Brite students in transitioning before they graduate, and then mentor them for two years following graduation. Leadership comprises members of the permanent faculty as well as experienced pastoral leaders from the community.
From Brite to Beyond Brite begins with a one-week intensive course in January of a student’s last year, co-taught by a faculty member and an experienced pastoral leader. The course includes conversations about diverse settings and contexts for ministry, transitioning into congregations, negotiating salaries and benefits, imagining two jobs with one vocation (routinely called bi-vocational ministry), and the development of a well-being strategy.
The co-teachers work with the group of students not only in the January week-long intensive, but also throughout the rest of the semester as the students move toward graduation. For the next two years, these co-teachers and co-leaders will work with the graduates in smaller mentoring groups, as well as through twice-a-year gatherings in late May and mid-October.
The experience helps graduates navigate ongoing choices and decisions about vocation and ministry and identify specific impediments and strategies for transitioning from their formal education into ministry contexts. Forming a network of peers serves them not only in this two-year post-graduation transition, but helps them establish relationships into the future that will sustain their ministries.
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