A Christian Retreat Community

First Parish Project

Spiritual Formation for Young Clergy

First Parish Project Group VIIIThe First Parish Project is a program of ministry education and ongoing peer support for young clergy from all denominations. This Lilly Endowment funded program offers colleague support, leadership development, and spiritual growth for clergy, serving in their first call or appointment in a church of small membership. Groups of clergy from across the United States meet at Hinton six times over a two-year period with room, food, and travel provided by Lilly with minimal cost to participants. The First Parish Project provides formative, learning experiences and lasting relationships for pastors so that they have a stronger foundation for life in ministry. In turn, this strength in clergy leadership empowers small membership churches and enables these congregations to forge new paths in ministry and mission.