Companions in Ministry (CiM) is an ecumenical support program that brings together Christian pastors and ordained deacons from diverse denominations, ethnicities, cultures, ages, and socio-economic backgrounds. The program provides opportunities for pastors to build peer relationships and accompany one another in their ministries. CiM aims to improve their sense of well-being spiritually and professionally, and to foster a supportive, ecumenical ministry network in southeast Wisconsin. 

CiM is an outreach of Marquette University’s commitment to community engagement for social responsibility, building a more inclusive culture, and the formation of minds and hearts.  Participants learn elements of Ignatian Spirituality and Shared Inquiry - a discussion methodology from the Great Books Foundation. The program is named “Companions” in keeping with a centuries-long Jesuit/Ignatian tradition, and the model of accompaniment and seeking God in all things

CiM small groups of pastors meet on a regular basis for discussion and fellowship. Groups determine their own dates to meet and may meet on Zoom or in person. Group discussions often include a reading about clergy well-being, resiliency and other themes of the CiM grant. Pastors pray together and accompany each other in ministry. Pastor-facilitators lead the small groups. The program includes retreat time and plenaries where all pastors can come together. 

Since 2019 there have been 56 pastors involved in Companions in Ministry!