In a time when traditional metrics seem out of touch with the realities of ministry in contemporary post-Christendom North America, Cultivated Ministry gives us a way to undertake ministry with a clear and purposeful understanding of how our activities contribute to God’s mission in the world. Cultivated Ministry is a culture and process of ministry that does not rest on traditional metrics nor does it abdicate accountability altogether.

We are excited to share this field guide with you and pray it will be of use to you in your work.

Field Guide for Cultivated Ministry: Bearing Fruit through Theology, Accountability, Learning, and Storytelling

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  • Shawna Bowman // pastor & artist, Friendship Presbyterian Church
  • Chineta Goodjoin // pastor, New Hope Presbyterian Church
  • Becca Messman // pastor, Trinity Presbyterian Church
  • Frank Spencer // president, Board of Pensions, PC(USA)
  • Casey Thompson // pastor, Wayne Presbyterian Church
  • John Vest // professor of evangelism, Union Presbyterian Seminary
  • Jen James // Cultivated Ministry project facilitator
  • Jessica Tate // director, NEXT Church


  • Andrew Foster Connors //pastor, Brown Memorial Presbyterian Church
  • Christopher Edmonston // pastor, White Memorial Presbyterian Church
  • Casey FitzGerald // pastor, John Calvin Presbyterian Church
  • Billy Honor // pastor, The Pulse Church
  • Charlie Lee // pastor, First Presbyterian Church, Wilmington, NC
  • Carla Pratt Keyes // pastor, Ginter Park Presbyterian Church
  • Landon Whitsitt // executive and stated clerk, Synod of Mid-America
  • Rick Young // president, Texas Presbyterian Foundation


Here are additional resources to support the implementation of Cultivated Ministry in your ministry context. As we develop or discover resources to accompany this guide, we will add them here.

  • Join our Cultivated Ministry in Practice Facebook group to connect with other people who are using Cultivated Ministry in their context. Feel free to ask questions or crowdsource ideas about implementation or anything else related to Cultivated Ministry!
  • As we’ve incorporated the principles of Cultivated Ministry into our work work as NEXT Church, we developed worksheets to assess our initiatives. Carla Pratt Keyes of Ginter Park Presbyterian Church in Richmond, VA, has done the same. Here are examples from the ministry of her church for your use and information.


Learn more about Cultivated Ministry from these blog posts from the designers and writers, plus those who piloted the project in their contexts.