Pastoral Imagination:
Bringing the Practice of Ministry to Life

Harness the power of pastoral imagination, along with practical steps for growth, reflection, and leadership.








What You Will Learn

Ministry Isn’t a Role, It’s a Practice

It’s possible to spend a lifetime in ministry and miss every opportunity to actually minister – even to the people in your congregation or faith community. How could this happen? There are probably multiple ways, but many of them boil down to the same problem: ministry that is disembodied and empty of imagination.
It doesn’t have to be this way.


In this course, you’ll learn to articulate and unlock big-picture pastoral imagination that includes:

  • Ministry that is embodied and practice-based
  • A deeper understanding of how your unique ministry comes to life over time
  • Mentoring, learning from failure, future stories, navigating conflict, and embracing joy
  • More than a decade’s worth of research from the Learning Pastoral Imagination Project
  • …and so much more!
Pastoral Imagination


The content is great and the format reshapes our ideas of how we behave
as a group of church people coming together to do God's work.

Connect With God

When we think about the life of Jesus, it seems unlikely that ministry could be anything other than fully embodied. As followers, this is the example we’ve been given – one that is present with the hurting, advocates for the poor, and sides with the oppressed. It was in those embodied ways, Jesus taught us, that we connect with the Divine.

Ministry isn’t a role, it’s a practice – one that requires a bigger imagination for what that practice might look like over time. This course is a chance to explore, reflect, and grow together. We hope you’ll join us.

Course Agenda

Rev. Dr. Eileen Campbell-Reed

Rev. Dr. Eileen Campbell-Reed (she/hers) is Visiting Associate Professor of Pastoral Theology and Care at Union Theological Seminary, New York City. Dr. Campbell-Reed is co-director of the Learning Pastoral Imagination Project, a longitudinal study of ministry following 50 pastors and ministers since 2009. She is the author of Anatomy of a Schism (2016), and the State of Clergywomen in the U.S. (2018). She is also the founder and host of Three Minute Ministry Mentor, a weekly video, blog, and podcast providing resources that inform and inspire the practice of ministry. Her new book Pastoral Imagination: Bringing the Practice of Ministry to Life (2021) explores how ministry is cultivated across time, through embodiment and relationships, and in encounters with the holy.

Registration Info
Course Dates: 07/07/2022 – 07/28/2022

Get access for $125

  • 4 virtual sessions (Thursdays from 10 - 11:30 Central)
  • All course videos, study materials, and instruction
  • A safe place to learn and a community for support
  • 6 Contact Hours
  • 1 Book to use throughout the course - your choice of the Pastoral Imagination Book or Journal (included in the course price & selected at registration).

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