Duke University Divinity School, with funding from the Lilly Endowment, Inc., is undertaking a four-year project focused on strengthening the quality of pastoral leadership (clergy and lay) in churches across America. The guiding assumption of the project is that the quality of the churches' pastoral leadership, especially ordained ministry, will be strengthened through better understanding.
The research project began in 1999 and it crosses all denominations. Twenty separate research studies are underway. Ten of the studies are part of Ph.D. fellowships, and others include national surveys. As the research findings begin to come in during the next few months, the project will enter a new phase: moderating a nationwide conversation with clergy and laity who care passionately about pastoral leadership.
Bill Craddock, former director of Cornerstone and now director of CREDO,INC., and Bishop Clayton Matthews, Executive Director, Office of Pastoral Development, represent the Episcopal Church on the project leadership team.