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. We are developing additional resources to accompany this guide, which will be posted on this page.

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
  • 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


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

Field Guide Preview: Cultivated Ministry

Today, we’re excited to share the first sneak peek of the Field Guide for Cultivated Ministry, which we’ll release in full this fall. This preview is from the guide’s introduction, which debuts the concept of “cultivated ministry” and defines its four movements: theology, accountability, learning, and storytelling.

Skipping A Step: Resisting the Quick Fix and Embracing Evaluation

As we wrestled with these questions, we learned that we had skipped a step in our efforts to quickly address our congregational crises. We had moved directly from the observations of our perceived problems to interventions we thought would address them.

Cultivated Ministry: A New Approach

A few years ago, NEXT Church convened some creative, talented leaders to talk together about the ways in which the church is collaboratively starting and supporting new ministries. In the room were leaders from large, established congregations, leaders from small upstart ministry ventures, and everything in between.

2017 National Gathering Ignite: Cultivated Ministry

Becca Messman and Chineta Goodjoin give an Ignite presentation about NEXT Church’s work around mindful ministry.

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