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.

Karen Hayden Trudy
Rev. Karen Hayden
Director of Pastoral Excellence
Email: Karen Hayden


Trudy McManus
Clergy Relations and Benefits Administrator
Email: Trudy McManus


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


Susan Brandes
Hospitality and Events Coordinator
Email: Susan Brandes



Candidacy Summits

  • July 27-29, 2017 | Columbia, MO
    January 12-14, 2018 | Columbia, MO
  • Candidacy Summit for exploring candidates in ministry

Register here

Your Spirit Calls: Five-Day Academy for Spiritual Formation

  • July 16-21, 2017 | Liberty, MO

Click here to see the flyer

Imago Dei: A Kaleidoscope of Faith

  • Aug. 28-30, 2017 | Lake of the Ozarks
  • Join us in a time of prayerful and playful renewal as we learn and grow together.

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2017 Exploration 

  • November 3-5, 2017 | Portland, Oregon

Learn more here