How NXTGEN Benefits the Presbytery

NXTGEN Pastors provides pastoral development, health, and sustainability by enabling presbyteries to equip pastors, church planters, and ministry leaders for the next generation.

While finding men to fill pulpits through a national search often proves fruitful, there are times when church planters, solo, and assistant/associate pastors are best suited coming from the local environment.

One who knows the local culture and is trained where they will serve is advantageous for ministry.

NXTGEN enhances a presbytery’s mission through a unified effort to fulfill the Great Commission. This is a means for the elders of a presbytery to leave a legacy as they imprint the next generation of pastors.

NXTGEN assists presbyteries in their mission. By working together to equip young pastors for future ministry, presbyteries are able to take greater ownership of their own mission to reach their region.

On Wisconsin

Our desire is to see the multiplication of new cohorts. The On Wisconsin cohort is our first, serving as the test model for future works. This video describes the work of the Wisconsin Presbytery and the On Wisconsin Network.

What is a NXTGEN Cohort?

NXTGEN is a ministry designed to help presbyteries establish a local means of training men for ministry by enhancing the seminary experience.

While seminaries provide needed theological and practical skills, an academic environment is less able to engage in character development to the degree that a mentoring relationship does in the context of a cohort apart from the classroom or internship.

Using research from Lilly Endowment’s work: Sustaining Pastoral Excellence and expanded on in Resilient Ministry, NXTGEN’s efforts focus on the soft skills needed for healthy pastoral service.


Cohorts meet monthly, ten times a year. Through monthly gatherings, the cohort cycles through six soft skills with increasing specificity. The goal is to not only be personally aware, but engage with one another for mutual growth, whereby members of the cohort develop ministerial bonds to sustain pastoral health. These skills, identified in Resilient Ministry, are:

  • Spiritual formation
  • Soul care
  • Emotional Intelligence
  • Cultural Intelligence
  • Leadership and Management
  • Marriage and Family

To that end NXTGEN provides pastoral development, health, and sustainability by empowering presbyteries to equip pastors, church planters, and ministry leaders for the next generation. We will look at each of these skills in the coming weeks.