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Pastoral Excellence Network
Healthy Pastors – Relevant Ministries

The Lott Carey Pastoral Excellence Network (PEN) cultivates missional pastors by promoting practices of health and wholeness and advocating innovative ministry impact informed by the global church. The Lott Carey PEN is connected with the Pastoral Excellence Network at Christian Theological Seminary, whose mission is to work with congregations and church-related institutions to help new pastors get the best possible start in ministry and encourage experienced pastors to sustain their vitality by participating in communities of ongoing support and learning.


Theological Education. Palmer Theological Seminary of Eastern University and Lott Carey  have partnered to offer a specialized Master of Theological Studies (MTS) through Palmer’s blended online model—OpenSeminary. The OpenSeminary MTS is designed specifically to train church leaders in best practices as well as relevant theology and theory, for the purpose of addressing the real questions that emerge from local church practice. Students will complete their program in concert with their participation in Lott Carey Mission Society gatherings, and have the opportunity to interact with established thought leaders in global contextual ministry. Download the informational flyer here. Download the program fees here.

A Pastoral Excellence Network Conference is held two days during the Lott Carey Annual Session that convenes in August and two days during the Lott Carey Spring Mission Conference in March/April to address:

  • Care for Pastors – The Tuesday session promotes practices of personal and spiritual health and wellness.
  • Creativity for Pastors – The Thursday session addresses pressing theological issues and contemporary challenges to good and faithful ministries.

A Pastoral Excellence Network Immersion is held annually in January to give pastors opportunities for cross-cultural ministries and partnerships with host communities and colleagues to broaden visions, build networks, and deepen impacts.

For more information contact Dr. David Emmanuel Goatley, degoatley@lottcarey.org, 301.429.3300.