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Bethany Fellows, Chalice Press collaborate on project

chalice_logoThe first book from a partnership between Bethany Fellows and the Christian Board of Publication, two ministries associated with the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), will be released this fall.

CBP and Bethany Fellows have crafted a publishing partnership that will showcase the gifts of emerging pastoral leaders in the church and will provide a vision for what church and Christianity will look like over the next 50 years.

Through this cooperative effort, the CBP and Chalice Press imprints will publish print, digital, and multimedia resources. Bethany Fellows will guide the selection of authors and projects offered through this new series. The potential author pool includes participants, alumni, and leaders who have worked up-close with these transformative leaders.

“Since 1999 Bethany Fellows has been helping pastors through the exciting and inspiring but often intense and intimidating transition from seminarian to minister,” says CBP’s Brad Lyons. “Bethany Fellows are leading congregations into new forms of ministry and leading their parishioners into new ways of thinking about their faith and its role in our world. They are already leading the church into the next half-century that will see enormous change. Ultimately, we believe the church will be a source of vitality and energy with great potential to impact the world. We want to help these leaders share their prophetic stories and messages with the world.”

Rev. Kim Gage Ryan, Bethany Fellows director says, “When Bethany Fellows began, research was indicating that up to 40 percent of young pastors were leaving ministry in their first five years. Today 90 percent of Bethany Fellows participants remain in congregational ministry and another 9 percent are serving the wider church. Over the these last 17 years Bethany Fellowships has gained significant insight into supporting young pastors and the  congregations they serve.  And we have learned a great deal from the 160+ alums and participants. This partnership with CBP offers a way for God’s continuing influence to be articulated in the life of the church through a fruitfulness that is discovering and igniting creative leadership, dynamic congregations and vital communities.”

The first book from the partnership, Tactful Advice for Calling Your Next Pastor, is by Gary Straub, a leader and mentor for the Bethany Fellows. Straub’s work with project participants, including feedback from hundreds of participants on both the congregational and pastoral sides of the search-and-call process, has given him a unique insight on how search and call process work best – and possible solutions when they go awry. Straub’s book will be available from ChalicePress.com or wherever you purchase books.

Each book purchased benefits the Bethany Fellows, which receives a portion of the proceeds. In Straub’s case, he has directed all his earnings back to the Bethany Fellows.

About Bethany Fellows

Bethany Fellows serves congregations of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) by helping newly ordained, young pastors transition from seminary to sustained congregational ministry with strong and healthy pastoral identity a. This ministry continues to expand with the addition in 2014 of an ecumenical component. Through the collegial support of peers and mentor/leaders, retreats, and field studies, young ministers are better able to navigate the beginning years of their vocations and their young adult life transitions. Visit Bethany Fellows online at www.bethanyfellows.org. For more information, contact Kim Gage Ryan at (573) 489-2729 kim@bethanyfellows.org

About CBP

The Christian Board of Publication publishes resources inviting all people into deeper relationship with God, equipping them as disciples of Jesus Christ, and sending them into ministries as the Holy Spirit calls them. A ministry of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) that reaching the growing movement of progressive Christians and the spiritual-but-not-religious audience, CBP and its imprints, including Chalice Press, offers a vital alternative to the conservative theology that dominates bookshelves. Visit Chalice Press online at www.chalicepress.com.