Part classroom and part coaching experience.


In partnership with Gatherings of Hope, the Grand Rapids Theological Seminary at Cornerstone University offers a course in leadership called Leading Community Ministry.

This 9-credit, one-year course is part workshop, part classroom, part coaching experience. The purpose is not so much to instill knowledge, but to take students through a process of discovery about themselves as leaders, about biblical models of leadership, and about Christian cultural assumptions of leadership. After much classroom and online discussion, paper writing, journaling, and introspection, students arrive at a Ministry Transition Plan for how they’ll move forward in their ministries and their lives.

Students are typically senior or associate pastors and their spouses, or people who are in leadership in their congregation.