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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.

Keep up with insights, resources, and programs to nurture pastoral imagination and practices of excellence at PEN at Christian Theological Seminary.

Explore twelve time-honored practices shaped by the Christian community over the centuries and that still are richly relevant to contemporary experience at Practicing our Faith, developed by the Valparaiso Project on the Education and Formation of People in Faith at Valparaiso University.


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.