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 convenes pastors for prayer and fellowship, and oversees the formation of small discussion groups. Fifty-six pastors have participated in CiM since 2019. A new small group of eight pastors will begin on September 12, 2023. Discussions focus on well-being, resiliency, and related themes. Pastors also benefit from retreats and large group Clergy Conversations. CiM is also offering a retreat for pastors in southeastern Wisconsin on October 2-4, 2023. Please contact margaret.flahive@marquette.edu for details and registration.