Ministry Formation Cohorts
Our ministry formation cohorts focus on equipping leaders for ministry. The Foundry is committed to ministry formation that is church-centered and uses holistic, hands-on models of learning. Our ministry formation cohorts are for those who are actively serving in some capacity in their church or ministry context, whether as pastors, staff leaders, or lay leaders interested in being further equipped for ministry.
Twice/month (see calendar for dates)
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Hear from Ministry Formation Participants
“The content in the courses is deep and wide, meaning that participants will definitely broaden their understanding of a particular topic while at the same time getting depth in who they are and who they’ll be as a church leader.”
Church Leaders Training
Our church leaders training offers training and equipping for elders, deacons, ministry staff, and other lay leaders. We focus on equipping your church’s leaders in four broad categories:
Character: Spiritual and Emotional Health
Knowledge: Bible, Theology, Polity
Skills: Listening, Care, Teaching
Responsibilities: Leadership, Discipleship, Worship
We offer this training in a multi-church format three times per year (January, April, and October). Churches can also work with us to customize workshops for just their own church.
2023 Dates: January 21, April 22, October 14
When Next training on Discipleship – April 22, 2023 from 9:30am-12:30pm
Per Church (Unlimited Participants)
$500 / workshop OR
$1500 / year (January, April, and October)
Register for the next training workshop.
Email [email protected] to learn more.
Hear from Church Leaders Training Participants
“This was so well done and helpful! The best part was the presentation itself and group discussion with the thought-provoking discussion questions. ”
Pastors’ Life Pod
The Foundry pastors’ group (“life pod”) gathers for regular times of communal reflection on Scripture, prayer, and conversation. In his book, The Resilient Pastor, Glen Packiam observes, “The pastoral vocation is holy–it is wholly other, a sacred calling that cannot be codified or copied. Pastors need a space for pastors to talk to one another, to question our assumptions and explore new perspectives... to think out loud together” (16). We provide that kind of space where pastors can think, pray, reflect, think out loud, and engage with Scripture and one another together. For the church to flourish, we need pastors who are encouraged, supported, and refreshed regularly.
The second Wednesday of each month, 9:30-11:30 am.
Let us know you’re coming! Email [email protected].
Hear from Pastors’ Cohort Participants
“As a pastor it is rare to have a space where you can walk through scripture, without thinking about teaching or preaching. It is even more rare to have a chance to be a participant as you are led through scripture, prayer, and community with others. My lifepod has been a safe place to connect with others in ministry, to dig into God’s Word, and to have the gift of space to reflect, be quiet, and connect with God.”
Institutes of Ministry Leadership
Instead of sending people to seminary (whether in-person or online), you can bring seminary-level training to your church site. The Foundry offers seminary-level training on site and packaged in a sustainable rhythm. Our church-centered model focuses on ministry-related outcomes in participants’ current ministry context, connecting course learning with the real-life ministry happening in your church. Sometimes people refer to this as “Seminary at Church.”
Faith Church, Dyer, Indiana (current location). If you’re interested in starting up a Seminary at Church site at your church, contact us!
Times vary. Connect with us to learn more.
Cost varies. Connect with us to learn more.
Connect with us to learn more about joining our Faith Church site or starting a new Seminary at Church site!
Hear from Institute of Ministry Leadership Participants
“We’ve benefitted immensely from the coursework created and delivered by The Foundry because it’s fully focused on helping a leader develop his or her head knowledge and then apply it to how it might be utilized in ministry.”
Spiritual Direction is a relationship of soul care. In a world of ambiguity and distraction, we need those who will come alongside and hold silence for our spirits to rest and revive. Those who long to go deeper in their faith will find a sacred space of time and structure to engage in spiritual disciplines of listening, confession, worship, hearing Scripture or speaking with Jesus.
Connect with us to schedule an introductory meeting to investigate if spiritual direction is appropriate for you now and if Sarah is the person with whom you would like to engage.
Hear from Pastors Learning Cohort Participants
“I’m so grateful for what The Foundry is doing and the space to talk about hard things with other pastors. … This has helped prepared me for exact moments in life and ministry.”