Pastoral Excellence

Karen Hayden
Karen Hayden
Pastoral Excellence



The Center for Pastoral Excellence is responsible for enhancing pastoral effectiveness through continuing education events, peer learning, coaching, and training. Our goal is to support transformative leadership processes for clergy. The Center provides options designed to equip and develop pastors to lead congregational growth.

The Director for Pastoral Excellence along with the appointive Cabinet and the Board of Ordained Ministry, work to develop the processes of entering ministry, licensing and ordination, and equipping laity as pastoral leaders. In addition, the Center emphasizes the development and recruitment of younger and more diverse pastoral leadership.

For more information about the Center for Pastoral Excellence, feel free to contact:

Karen Hayden
Director of Pastoral Excellence
Email: Karen Hayden

Trudy McManus
Clergy Relations and Benefits Administrator
Email: Trudy McManus

Jenny Gragg
Executive Assistant for Pastoral Excellence / Conference Candidacy Coordinator
Email: Jenny Gragg


The Call

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The Hannah Project

Each Congregation is challenged to participate in the program of ministerial recruitment and nurture. For brochure click here and for the checklist click here.



Imagine 4 days away from the pace of daily routine. RENEW give you two rare and precious gifts: Time and Space; to rest, to talk together and to reflect.

Go to: for more information.


  • February 23-26 (couples) TBD - Possibly Albuquerque, NM
  • March 9-12 (couples) Selah Ranch Inn - Talco, TX
  • March 23-26 (singles) Inn on Lake Granbury - Granbury, TX
  • April 13-16 (couples) Inn on Lake Granbury - Granbury, TX
  • June 8-11 (couples) Greystone - Rogers, AR

click here for pdf of schedule

Candidacy Summit 2015

July 30 - August 1st, 2015

Candidacy Summit for exploring candidates in ministry.

Held in Columbia, Mo

For more information please click here

Soul Connection

We all dream of it – just one day where we can step away from the office. One day where we can escape the chaos of our calendar. One day where we can experience God in a new and different way. Good news! Your “One Day” is here! Clergy and church leaders are invited to enjoy a Day Apart in one of three regions this Spring. The day will commence with a brief and informal worship followed by a day of unstructured set-apartness. There will be space for silence, space for creative expressions, space for worship planning, space to fellowship with friends and colleagues… whatever you need your day apart to look like. The day will begin at 9:30am and end at 3:30pm. Cost for the day is $25 and includes lunch. Register at (Locations listed below.) THIS is your One Day - Don’t let it pass you by!

Click here for the Soul Connection Website



Crossroads Applications

Crossroads College-Age Internship
Vocational discernment at the crossroads of life
The Missouri Annual Conference is excited to share a “ministry as a career” discernment program for college-age persons. This program seeks to give a variety of opportunities for those exploring working within a ministry setting. The Office of Pastoral Excellence is currently receiving applications from college-age (18-25) persons interested in an internship in a ministry setting for Summer 2015.  EXTENDED DEADLINE: February 18

Cole Summer Seminary Ministerial Internship 2015

Missouri Conference Reading List

Board of Ordained Ministry Forms

For more information about the Board of ordained ministry, please visit our Board of Ordained Ministry section

PLD: Coach Biographies

Boundaries Training

For more information click here.