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Called to Thrive

Trevecca’s Laborers in the Vineyard initiative provides support so pastors can flourish not only in ministry, but in life.

The initial years of ministry are some of the most exciting and challenging—particularly for those leading small congregations, church plants or diverse church bodies. New pastors need support when it comes to establishing healthy boundaries, preventing burnout, fostering personal holiness, managing ministerial logistics and receiving encouragement. 

Established through a generous grant from the Lilly Foundation, Laborers in the Vineyard is a program created to bring life-giving opportunities to pastors so they can connect with one another and seek faithful, holistic practices for their own lives.


Need support? 

Join a mentoring cohort!

Specifically designed for pastors who are currently in their first five years of a new ministry, Laborers in the Vineyard offers individuals the opportunity to participate in yearlong cohorts beginning in the summer of 2022. One cohort will be for pastors of small churches; one for church planters; one for pastors of diverse congregations; and one for Spanish-speaking church planters. Each cohort will be composed of 6-8 pastors and will be facilitated by two experienced mentors. 

Groups will be conducted bilingually in English and Spanish or in English and French. Participants will engage in a four-day intensive at Trevecca’s campus in July for worship services, dynamic lectures, skills-based workshops and peer forum discussions. The cohorts will then meet virtually each month – as a group and individually with a mentor – throughout the following months, and will gather for a retreat midyear. 

Cohort applications are available year-round.

About the Name

‘Laborers in the Vineyard’ is derived from the parable of workers in the vineyard in Scripture (Matthew 20) and from Trevecca founder J.O. McClurkan’s commitment for the University to operate as a vine of God’s own planting in equipping pastors and students for lives of biblically-based servant leadership.