The D. James Kennedy Institute of Reformed Leadership is a Christian think-tank using Research, Writing, and Resources to shepherd shepherds who shepherd the flock. We partner with other ministries to increase their effective Gospel mission in the world. Our mission is to prepare recent seminary graduates and local church elders for the pastoral work of ministry.

The vision of the Kennedy Institute is to reimagine pastoral education and training so that ministers, their families, and the congregations (and institutions) they serve are strengthened for sustainable spiritual health for generations of faithful gospel Ministry.

The ministry’s mission is grounded in a burden to help reduce Pastor burnout which leads to family crises and congregational chaos. Mistakes made early in the ministry because of the lack of vocational training, despite educational credentials, can leave scars that extend through generations. The blight of pastoral burnout must be met head-on with a program of ministry that is focused on the Fulfillment of the Great Commission of Jesus Christ and the Education and Training for pastoral ministry across the stages of life and career.


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Dr. Kennedy was an incredible mentor. Dr. Kennedy once told me, “We must always aim to maximize and multiply every act of ministry—every sermon, every letter, every prayer, every visit— so that more people will hear the Gospel, more ministers will be trained, and all of this so that more souls will be gathered in heaven to give glory to God.” “Pastors must be trained for the high calling granted to them by Christ. We must prepare Christian shepherds for the dignity of the pulpit, the privilege of preaching, and the incomparable nobility inherent in being an Ambassador for the King of Kings and Lord of Lords.”

The DJK Institute exists because of that vision. Mrs. Kennedy literally bequeathed that charge to me as we prayed in her living room about this Institute. The DJK Institute can never be separated from that legacy of training ministers who will train others to fulfill the Great Commission.

Live the legacy. Come and be a Kennedy Fellow. You will never regret time invested in your vocation for the glory of God and the greater advancement of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

I pray that someone reading these words will contact us and join in a cohort. Invest the first year of your ministerial career in a residency that can bring a sustainable spiritual health to you, your family, and the church you serve, as well as the churches you will serve.


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