Welcome to LPI
The Learning Pastoral Imagination Project is a study of theological education and ministry from the perspective of the learners. A longitudinal national study of how pastors learn in practice over time, the project has followed fifty seminarians for five years—from graduation into their varied ministry careers. The ministers are a diverse group including Mainline and Evangelical Protestant, Catholic, Pentecostal and Orthodox traditions and are located in five regions of the United States. Funded by The Lilly Endowment, Inc., the project is directed by Eileen Campbell-Reed (Central Baptist Theological Seminary) and Christian Scharen (Auburn Theological Seminary) with project assistance from Catrina Ciccone (Luther Seminary).