Together in Ministry (TIM) was created by the Ministers Council of the American Baptist Churches USA to encourage formation of collegial groups for the strengthening of ministerial leaders. Through a grant from the Lilly Foundation, each collegial group received funds to obtain a facilitator for the group. Members of the collegial group who were due-paying members of the national Ministers Council also received $100 to help cover meeting costs such as travel and books. 

Together in Ministry Groups

Current      2007 2006 2005 2004


Together in Ministry groups 2004-2005
Women in Ministry (ABSW)
      LeAnn Flesher, Facilitator
This group of seminary women is studying issues related to authority and power for women in ministerial leadership.
Women in Ministry of the East Bay
Micky Holmes, Facilitator
The purpose of this group is to provide encouragement, spiritual reflection, and fellowship for women in ministry.
Women in Professional Ministry
Karen Yee, Facilitator
This ethnically diverse group of female pastors meet together to discuss pastoral issues such as calling, preaching, pastoral care, and other areas unique to their different ministry settings.
American Baptist Collegial Covenant Group of the San Francisco Bay Area
Augie Bau, Facilitator
This group is diverse in pastoral callings, gender, age, and ethnicity. The purpose of the group is to nurture each other in ministry, provide spiritual care, and to discuss issues related to ministry within a multi-cultural context.
Theological Reading Group at ABSW
James Chuck, Facilitator
This group meets on a monthly basis to discuss a book. Books are selected by the group at the beginning of the year.
Ecumenical Ministers Group
Jim Hopkins, Facilitator
This group is composed of ministers from several Protestant traditions. They meet once a week to discuss theologically themed books. During the year this group has brought in scholars from the Graduate Theological Union and held a two day retreat.
ABCW Clergy Working in Asian Contexts
Katie Choy-Wong, Facilitator
Leaders of Asian congregations were brought together for the purpose of support and relationship building. The primary event of the group was an overnight retreat held in two parts. The first half was to help people get acquainted with one another’s life journeys and particular context of ministry. The second portion was to discuss how this group could support each other in ministry.
Alameda Collegial Covenant Group
Clark Flesher, Facilitator

This group met together to develop a congregational model for improving relationships and ministries between people of different ethnicity. Dr. Faustino M. Cruz, Assistant Professor of Practical Theology and Education of the Franciscan School of Theology, Berkeley, CA was a consultant to the group.
Rauschenbusch Study Group
Timothy Tseng, Facilitator
Group of Asian leaders met to study the life and ministry of Walter Rauschenbusch from an Asian American perspective. They hope to publish their findings.