Early Ministry Institute is a three-year program designed to encourage and support pastors in their first call.

It is designed to assist them in gaining skills in specific areas which are often omitted in the traditional seminary education. The context of EMI is to center on God’s call to us and to reflect how Christ is part of our ministry, to consider the ongoing life of the congregation, and to take a look at the church as it interacts with the surrounding world.

EMI Objectives

  • To encourage participants, individually and as a community, to reflect intentionally upon God’s role in their lives and their ministry.

  • To provide opportunity for those in their first parish to discuss with each other and with more experienced pastors certain issues of ministry.

  • To introduce new pastors to human and other resources available in the Synod of the Northeast.

  • To provide a time in a relaxed setting when participants can reflect together on their experiences, their successes and their disappointments.

We meet once a year at Stony Point Conference Center. Check out this blog post for more information. 


Early Ministry Institute
April 28 - May 2, 2019
Deadline: April 17, 2019


View the 2019 Program Brochure here.

Early Ministry Institute

For more information about the EMI, please be in touch with Lori Hylton.