A Pastor Cohort Program
Apply by November 10, 2022
A Pastor Cohort Program
Apply by November 10, 2022

Preachers helping preachers.

Strong preaching is often identified as a reason for participation in weekly worship.  And yet, the demands of weekly sermon preparation on top of other responsibilities is a heavy load for pastors to carry alone. Be part of the Sustaining the Preaching Life Program to be renewed through vocational friendships and a fresh look at the weekly sermon.

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Program at a Glance

A blend of instruction and peer learning

1. Attend the OPENING Virtual Retreat
Gather online for a welcome and orientation to the program. Spend time with your cohort developing your learning plan.

Participate in Self-directed Cohort Activities

Between the retreats and online courses there are open weeks for your cohort to fill as it chooses. We suggest practices such as a monthly Zoom cohort meeting to stay in touch. You might read a book together, pray together, take turns leading a session for your group. You decide.

2. Complete 2 Online Preaching Courses on Our Learning Platform
Each cohort selects 2 online courses to take together during the program. Courses are offered on our learning platform, run 4 weeks, and include video instruction, readings, assignments, discussions, and a live session with the instructor.
3. Participate in Self-directed Cohort Activities

Between the retreats and online courses there are open weeks for your cohort to fill as it chooses. We suggest practices such as a monthly Zoom cohort meeting to stay in touch. You might read a book together, pray together, take turns leading a session for your group. You decide.

4. Attend the Closing Retreat

Come to the Princeton Theological Seminary campus for a time of renewal and closure to your learning process.  Assistance with travel costs is provided. Our Spring 2022 closing retreat will take place at the Seminary’s longstanding preaching event: The Engle Institute of Preaching.

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Important Dates

Program deadlines and course dates

  • Application Closes: November 10, 2022
  • Receive Application Response: November 30, 2022
  • Opening Virtual Retreat: January 5–6, 2023
  • Online Course #1: January 15–February 5, 2023
  • Online Course #2: April 17–May 8, 2023
  • Closing Retreat: June 11 – 16, 2023
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How to Apply

1. Form Your Cohort

Recruit 3 – 5 other preachers to form a group that will learn together over the course of the program.

2. Submit Your Cohort Application

Submit one application per cohort. Applications are due by November 10, 2022
ACCEPTED APPLICANTS WILL BE NOTIFIED BY NOVEMBER 30, 2022
Because of the nature of the program, gathering online and on the Princeton Seminary campus, cohort members need not live in the same area.