The mission of The Moses Project is to give rural pastors a vision of ministry that will help them thrive in congregational leadership and in turn, enhance the vitality of the congregations they serve.


This program is designed to help pastors build relationships with and learn from experienced clergy who will guide them through challenges at critical, transitional phases in their early ministerial career.


Through a distinct and exceptional professional development program, pastors will receive critical support, develop innovative strategies, and engage in ongoing learning and opportunities for renewal. They will build the very network that will provide them and those they serve with vitality.

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It says in Deuteronomy 34:7, "Moses was a hundred and twenty years old when he died, yet his eyes were not weak nor his strength gone." By helping pastors invest in themselves early, we hope that they, like Moses, continue to have vision and vitality long into the future. 

The Moses Project runs ten months for each cycle, has 20 participants from all over the Midwest, and is cost free thanks to a generous grant from the Lilly Endowment Inc.


The program includes three onsite retreats, mentoring, small group connections, and monthly common readings. The professional development program provides pastors critical support, promotes innovative strategies, and engages them in ongoing learning and opportunities for renewal.

By being part of the Moses Project, you will:

  1. Rediscover your call

  2. Manage the fit and misfit between you and your congregation

  3. Build uplifting clergy connections

  4. Receive mentorship relevant to your ministry

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Matt Bloom and his research team at the University of Notre Dame identify four common characteristics of pastors who are flourishing:

1. the pastor establishes a clear sense of his or her pastoral and professional identity

2. there is an alignment between the pastor's gifts and skills and the demands and expectations of the location congregation she or he serves

3. the pastor receives mutual respect for and support from clergy peers

4. the pastor has relationships with role models and examplars who serve as mentors and who can guide him or her through common professional challenges and transitions