Trinity's final TiM pastors, CJ Valenti, Matt McWaters and Laura Stancher.
Lilly Transition into Ministry/Fabric of Mutual Ministry
Since 2002, Trinity Lutheran Church has been participating in a movement that was started by the Lilly Endowment. Lilly recognized that the long-term retention of rostered leaders is significantly improved if leaders learn healthy practices in their first, critical years of ministry. The goal of Trinity’s Transition into Ministry (TiM) program has been to provide a rich and fertile training ground for first call pastors.
The mission and purpose of Trinity’s TiM program has been to recognize and recruit gifted seminary graduates who demonstrate promise for long-team leadership in the church, and provide a supportive place to do ministry with gifted and committed congregational members and staff.
Trinity’s TiM program has gone through several phases since it began in 2002. With each phase of the grant, Trinity has broadened its’ scope. In 2006, the TiM program was also funded to work with a small number of rural congregations. By 2010, the grant expanded it’s scope as well as forging a partnership with the Eastern North Dakota and Northwestern Minnesota synods, Concordia College, and Luther Seminary.
For the last phase, this new partnership has been named, “The Fabric of Mutual Ministry” (FMM). FMM has been a part of providing opportunities to foster the same healthy practices that Trinity’s TiM program has strived to provide. But in this phase, they have been able to work with over 50 new rostered leaders and 70 congregations as these new graduates transition into their first calls.
The support of your mission dollars, in partnership with the Lilly Endowment, our synods, Concordia College, and Luther Seminary, have had a huge impact on the leadership of the church. Not only have the pastors who have worked directly with the program benefitted, but the model of the TiM and FMM has been shared throughout the ELCA as synods and regions evaluate how they help new graduates transition into ministry.
The TiM program drew to its close at Trinity in 2014, with the final TiM pastors, Laura Stancher, Matt McWaters and CJ Valenti. We give God thanks for all that has been and all that will be, as the First Call ministry continues to support new rostered leaders throughout the church.
The mission and vision of Trinity's TiM Program is to recognize and recruit gifted seminary graduates who demonstrate promise for long-term leadership in the church, and provide a supportive place to do ministry with gifted and committed congregational members and staff.
Fabric of Mutual Ministry