As congregations and clergy respond to the needs of communities across the nation, Bethany Fellows provides resources and circles of support to inspire and sustain them. In 2020, as faith communities boldly responded to the pandemics of COVID-19, financial uncertainty, and systemic racism, Bethany Fellows increased support of young clergy & alumni by offering Technology Seed Grants and Beloved Community Seed Grants. Alongside those new initiatives, we also began to discern the formation of a new Bethany Fellows community to deepen our support of congregational leadership teams.
"Bethany Congregations" is a new Bethany Fellowships ministry designed to invite congregational teams, including their Bethany Alumni pastors, into discernment and action over two years around a specific core issue, through continuing practice of the “The Bethany Way.” Each cohort of ten congregations will move through a two-year cycle of annual retreats and regular virtual gatherings that are simple and spacious by design, offering intentional practices of listening, vulnerability, trust, creativity, contemplative silence/prayer, cohort groups, and relationship-building. In the months between retreats, participants will engage in check-in conversations with wise practice leaders and cohort groups to maintain momentum and accountability.
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Bethany Congregations will intentionally accompany congregational leadership teams seeking to make transformative impacts in their church and local communities.
We offer special thanks to lead donors, Nancy Fuchs and Dr. Phil Schoo, members of Broadway Christian Church (Disiples of Christ) in Columbia, MO. We are grateful for Phil & Nancy's generous support of the clergy served by the Bethany Fellows ministry, and their steadfast belief in the power of congregations to be forces for good in the world.
Stay tuned for more information as we continue to develop this new Bethany circle! For more information, contact Bethany Congregations Director/Pastor, Rev. Scott Hardin-Nieri: Scott@bethanyfellows.org