Ockenga Fellows Program - Shoemaker Center for Church Renewal

Ockenga Fellows Program

The Ockenga Fellows Program

The Ockenga Fellows Program identifies fifteen high-potential, early-career New England pastors (between 5 and 10 years of ministry experience) to participate as cohorts in a two-year program consisting of five, three-day long, retreats and one study abroad trip.


  • Gain a deeper understanding of effective pastoral leadership in New England
  • Engage early-career pastors with many of the worlds best civic, cultural and business voices
  • Equip early-career pastors to understand local church idiosyncrasies
  • Develop a cohesive cohort committed to serving alongside one another in long-term ministry in New England
  • Stimulate conversations between leaders in the church and leaders outside the church