Clergy Peer Learning

Covenant Groups


Late summer > Create a Covenant: Groups will begin their journey with a 24-hour retreat in late summer. Together they will build community, define a learning agenda, set personal and group goals, and schedule your weekly/monthly connection times and formats.

Sept.-May > Connection time:

  • Worship
  • Check in “how is it with my soul?” 
  • Focus on ministry 
  • Topic, case study, presenter
  • Clarifying questions
  • Interaction around topic 
  • Group reflection and evaluation
  • Closing prayer
  • Food and fellowship

June > Jubilee celebration: Jubilee celebration Groups don’t last for 49 years! In June, each group will celebrate their time together and decide if they wish to renew a covenant for another year and reach out to others telling the story of how this has impacted their ministry.

Why Covenant Groups?

Ever feel like ministry is a roller coaster of exhilaration and exhaustion? We have the amazing privilege of leading God’s people, and yet nothing is easy about pastoral ministry these days. Those who sustain their joy, and are effective for the long haul attest to the power of a community of peers. They did not try to go it alone. We need a community to hold us up, cheer us on, challenge us to grow, keep us anchored in our identity as a beloved child of Christ and help us live out our calling as a disciple of Christ and leader in the church. Why peer groups? Because… "it is time for us to more than just survive. We are meant to thrive!"

Already in a group?

Great! Keep doing what you are doing! But if you want to adopt the rhythm and structure of the Peer Support and Learning groups, one person needs to take on the role of facilitator and engage in the training, which will be offered again in Jan/Feb 2019.

Looking for a group?

The persons below have been trained as Clergy Peer Group Guides for 2017-2018. If you are interested in joining a group, connect with one of these guides for more information. Each guide has also been encouraged to invite members to their group. Each group is to have 8-12 persons.

For profiles click here.

Have questions?

Contact Jody Thone for more information on Covenant Groups.

Minnesota Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church

122 West Franklin Avenue, Suite 400 Minneapolis, MN 55404

(612) 870-0058