The Institute for Early Career Clergy Development

at Hood Theological Seminary

Promoting Sustainable Ministry

The Institute for Early Career Clergy Development at Hood Theological Seminary

The Institute for Early Career Clergy Development

at Hood Theological Seminary

Promoting Sustainable Ministry

Welcome to The IECCD

The IECCD seeks to provide early career clergy with the tools for sustainable and bold ministry in the 21st century. Through consultation, education, mentoring, and partnership, early career clergy learn the best practices for challenging their congregations to be bolder in their faith and outreach.

Early career clergy often report feeling “burnout,” isolationism, and/or routinism. They are often used to the community that seminary or their home-church has provided. Stepping out into that first appointment or first parish often has more challenges than clergy expect. Some clergy report wanting to challenge their congregations in certain ways but not having the correct tools to begin conversations around “hot topic” issues that confront Americans in aspects of our everyday life. In order to learn how to best minister within their communities and expand outreach beyond the four walls of the congregation, clergy need a space to bounce ideas off of one another, to learn from those trained in these fields how to manage differences within one congregation, and how to challenge persons to be open to various forms of ministry.

The IECCD is a place of ministerial support for early career clergy of all denominations, a place where they can consult with pastors who are in a similar ministry and missional setting. It is a place that seeks to be bold by educating clergy about LGBTQI persons, #BlackLivesMatter, systemic racism, and immigration rights. It is a place for clergy who want to be change agents in their communities, but who don’t quite have the tools to do so. It is a place for clergy who serve congregations whose membership reflects the vast political spectrum of American politics. It is a place where clergy who want to learn how to address these issues within their congregations can turn. It is also a place where we recognize a person’s call to ministry and we help them understand what that call means in the 21st century.

“We want to create a multi-denominational cohort of early career clergy who can support each other and be a sounding board for each other while they seek to find the best ways to minister within and beyond their contexts.” -Dr. Ashley B. Dreff, Director of IECCD

The IECCD is part of Lilly Endowment Inc.’s Thriving in Ministry, an initiative that supports a variety of religious organizations across the nation as they create or strengthen programs that help pastors build relationships with experienced clergy who can serve as mentors and guide them through key leadership challenges in congregational ministry. [Learn More]

Who We Are

The Institute for Early Career Clergy Development (IECCD) at Hood Theological Seminary promotes sustainable ministry for early career clergypersons in their second through seventh years of ministry.

What We Do

Each year, there will be three primary events: the Cohort Retreat (Cohort members only), the Spring Retreat (open to all), and Continuing Education (open to all).

Get Involved

To join the Cohort, register for the Spring retreat, or sign up for Continuing Education, please click on “Join the IECCD.”

Registration for all events is FREE! Scholarships are available for housing with priority given to ministers in rural settings.

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Upcoming Events

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Fall 2019 Cohort

Fall 2019 is focusing on bold ministry in the 21st century by addressing “hot topic” issues. We’ll hear from clergy who are active in the LGBTQI community and the Poor Peoples Campaign. We’ll look at what it means to have a Safe Sanctuary. We’ll ask clergy to better understand their call as a call for deep and wide inclusion. This opening session will set the stage for our cohorts and will live into the IECCD’s call to prepare clergy for sustainable and bold ministry.

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Hood Theological Seminary, 1810 Lutheran Synod Drive
Salisbury, NC 28144 United States
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Continuing Education: Church Planting and Renewing in the Wesleyan Way

Instructor: Rev. Greg Moore (clergy, North Carolina Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church) Objective: The learner will be able to articulate and practice a model for church renewal based on a Wesleyan soteriology, ecclesiology, eschatology, and theology. We will explore historic and contemporary practices of Relational Discipleship, Liturgical Worship, and Holistic Mission.

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Free
Hood Theological Seminary, 1810 Lutheran Synod Drive
Salisbury, NC 28144 United States
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Continuing Education: Mission Matters: Engaging Your Congregation in Mission

Instructor: Rev. Dr. Lynne Caldwell (clergy, Western North Carolina Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church) Objective: Students will explore tools for “learning to read” or exegete their neighborhoods, and discover some resources for engaging the members of local congregations in the work of the Church—partnering with God, one another, and their neighbors in God’s […]

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Free
Hood Theological Seminary, 1810 Lutheran Synod Drive
Salisbury, NC 28144 United States
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Continuing Education: The American Church and Social Justice

Instructor: GeoRene Jones (Clergy, ECLA). Objective: Explore the potential for Christian ministry in the arena of social justice in the American context and experience. Specific attention will be given to the role of prophetic witness through faith-led public policy advocacy. Participants will explore the public policy efforts of their own faith tradition and learn to […]

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Free
Hood Theological Seminary, 1810 Lutheran Synod Drive
Salisbury, NC 28144 United States
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Spring 2020 Retreat: Sustainable Rural Ministry

The Spring 2020 Retreat will focus on Rural Ministry. How does ministry thrive in rural communities? What can everyone learn from the rural community and from rural ministry? Where can the rural community and ministry grow?

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Hood Theological Seminary, 1810 Lutheran Synod Drive
Salisbury, NC 28144 United States
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