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For more than a decade The Bethany Fellowships has encouraged young pastors in their earliest years of ministry. Research indicated 1/3 of young ministers may leave congregational ministry in their first five years. This ministry was born out of the intention of strengthening congregations by helping newly ordained, young pastors transition from seminary to sustained congregational ministry with a strong and healthy pastoral identity.

Through The Bethany Fellowships young ministers are better able to navigate the beginnings of a pastoral vocation, as well as crucial young adult life transitions, building confidence and strengthening leadership.

Since 1999 the Lilly Endowment has provided three consecutive “Transition into Ministry” grants, encouraging the initial development and maturing of The Bethany Fellowships. The grants have been serviced through the Office of General Minister and President and currently through HELM – Higher Education and Leadership Ministries of the Christian Church. Contributions for the future sustainability of this vital Disciples ministry can be made to the Christian Church Foundation (memo The Bethany Fellowships), Box 1986, Indianapolis, IN 46206-1986. More information can be found at or by contacting Kim Gage Ryan, Co-Director, 573.489.2729