To learn more about participating in a Macedonian Ministry cohort or starting a cohort in your area, simply email Adam Borneman. There is no formal proposal or application required, and that is intentional. Our aim is to keep the process simple and “organic,” meaning less paperwork, more conversations; less bureaucracy, more relationships. We take this “long runway” approach because it reflects the MM model as a whole. This doesn’t mean we don’t have a basic criteria in mind for what sort of cohorts we feel called to start; indeed we do. It just means we’d rather spend time talking with people about it, rather than mulling over long grant-like proposals. To this point in the life of MM, this approach has served everyone well.
Thanks to the generosity of donors, the entire Macedonian Ministry program is provided at virtually no cost to pastors. However, when cohort members have “skin in the game,” the shared commitment level is higher and peer learning dynamics are stronger. We therefore request that pastors contribute $500 per year to the program. Some pastors will have funds available from continuing education allowances provided by their congregation, and are therefore able to make this contribution without any difficulty. Others will not have available funds, and it is requested that they contribute as much as they are able. No pastor will be denied participation based on inability to financially contribute!
The curriculum is best-practices and leadership focused, and is specifically geared for peer learning discussion. It is not a “how to” curriculum as much as it is a curriculum that prompts substantive discussion and resource sharing. Not every cohort’s curriculum will look the same; in fact none of our cohorts have used the curriculum in exactly the same way. The context, challenges, needs, strengths, weaknesses, and opportunities of pastors in your cohort will determine how the curriculum is used, and we will work with you and your mentor to develop the best curriculum plan.
Macedonian Ministry’s mission statement is “Renewing Pastors, Transforming Congregations, Impacting Communities.” Our primary focus is the pastor, because, as we see time and time again, equipping pastors for leadership has a ripple effect in congregations and communities. Our ultimate aim is for the gospel and common good to spread across communities where our pastors serve. However, we do not prescribe a “community project” for our cohorts because we’ve learned that our cohorts tend to develop their own projects, partnerships, and resource networks over the course of the three years, and they do it more effectively than we would ever imagine! Complementing this organic approach to community impact, we try to gear our program towards developing deeper theologies and practices of mission and vocation in the lives of pastors and their congregations.