Clergy Communities of Practice

Clergy Communities of Practice offer more experienced pastors opportunities to hone their practices of ministry and develop meaningful collegial friendships.

Counteracting the risks of isolation and burnout, Clergy Communities of Practice are designed to help clergy navigate the challenges of ministry and enhance growth. The groups are for those who have been in ministry for more than three years. The groups usually meet on a monthly basis, to intentionally:

  • Share information, resources, insight and advice around case studies or situations in their ministry
  • Ponder common issues, explore ideas and act as sounding boards
  • Feel a bond in learning and spiritual support together
  • Value each other’s perspectives
  • Develop a common body of knowledge, practices and approaches
  • Develop personal relationships and established ways of learning, and interacting
  • Provide spiritual discernment and prayerful support

The groups are facilitated by a clergy colleague who receives specialized training and financial support in their role. The group forms its own covenant and decides on its schedule of meeting times.

As the Pastoral Excellence Program moves to becoming self-sustaining there is a fee to join one of these groups; however, there is scholarship money available should you need assistance in covering these costs. Each participant will be invoiced in August for the full program year of group membership. The cost is $250 per year to participate in a Clergy Community of Practice.  Please fill out the PDF form below with your current information and the type of group you would like to join (ie., a group specializing in interim ministry, a group for chaplains, a group for retired clergy, a group for pastors of mid-sized churches, etc.).


 Clergy Communities of Practice form

Specialty groups are now forming! Including CCOPs focused on chaplaincy, discipleship, mission & justice, spiritual practices, stewardship, and leading turnaround churches. Interested?

This information can be emailed to: Andrea Bellarosa at, or mailed to:
Andrea Bellarosa, MACUCC, 1 Badger Road, Framingham, MA 01702.

We greatly appreciate your commitment to your own faith and spiritual growth and your commitment to the covenant with the wider church, as a clergy serving in the Massachusetts Conference.

If you have any questions, please be in touch with Ellie Richardson,; 508-875-5233 x 233 or with Andrea Bellarosa,; 508-875-5233 x 239.