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Thriving in Ministry Certificate Program Now Accepting Applications

Thriving in Ministry Certificate Program Now Accepting Applications


PHILANDER SMITH COLLEGE through the Thriving in Ministry Program seeks to help  pastors develop meaningful relationships with wise colleagues who can help guide them through key  leadership challenges, especially during transitions in their ministerial careers. 

The initiative builds upon recent studies that have examined the importance of colleagues and  mentors who help pastors face and overcome common professional challenges.  

Starting March 18, this two-year program is offered at no cost to pastors and pastoral aspirants. Enrollment is limited! 

At the completion of the program a Certificate of Advanced Pastoral Studies will be issued and  CEUs will be awarded.  

The Thriving in Ministry Program is open to ministers from a variety of religious communities that  reflect diverse Christian traditions – mainline and evangelical Protestant, Roman Catholic and  Orthodox – from Arkansas, Missouri, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Tennessee.  

To apply for the Thriving in Ministry Program, please contact Rev. Phillip L. Pointer Sr., Chair of the  Department of Philosophy and Religion at or call 501-370-5375.