• CitySquare Pastoral Leadership Cohort: As way of equipping rural churches and leaders for “ministry with,” the CMO is partnering with CitySquare and Rev. Rob Spencer to provide a unique coaching and resourcing opportunity. In 2015, Rev. Rob Spencer and First UMC Paris boldly re-engaged their community through school partnerships, which provoked big questions about how to respond to issues of generational poverty, affordable housing and transforming a city through partnerships. They approached CitySquare, our resident poverty fighting experts, for help. Included in the Pastoral Leadership Cohort are site visits, regular coaching calls and goal-setting, plus access to the expertise of Rev. Larry James and the staff of CitySquare. This cohort will bring this substantial knowledge and experience, along with a sense of community, to rural pastors. In June, five clergy from the East and Northwest Districts will begin participating in the cohort.

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