KINDLE Recent Graduates

At KINDLE, we know you want to start strong in your ministry….

…and be a highly-effective and valuable contributor to the pastoral staff and your teammates. To be effective, you need an opportunity to pause and process early in your ministry.

Being new to your ministry context, you may have discovered that reality is different from what you thought. Busyness and the drive to do more, coupled with developing a brand new support network is hard. It can make you feel isolated, unsure, and tired.

We believe that you shouldn’t have to go it alone.

Your ministry and your call should have a strong foundation of support.

Since 2010, KINDLE: Recent Graduates has helped 140+ participants from around the country cultivate healthier habits and faith lives. In addition to valuable peer connection, our KINDLE Circle Coaches bring a track record of sustained, long-term ministry rooted in the KINDLE DNA. Every coach is an experienced ministry leader with the desire to invest in and support new church workers.


During the 4 day learning event, you’ll experience rest, connection (to God and others), and rejuvenation. You’ll develop a peer network, discover practical ministry tools, and walk away with a personalized growth plan.

The event takes place at the University of St. Mary of the Lake in Mundelein, Illinois. The event begins on Monday at 5:00 p.m. and concludes before lunch on Thursday.

The next KINDLE Recent Graduates event will be held September 23-26, 2024.

The KINDLE Recent Graduates event features eight learning modules that focus on current ministry issues, challenges, and concerns of recent graduates in the context of Christ-like servant leadership. It also engages participants in worship three times a day. Time is also scheduled for physical exercise, fellowship, networking, meals, and quiet time.

Guard yourself against isolation, drift, and burnout. Take the time to reflect on what you’ve learned, and consider what the next steps might be. Be refreshed through rest, be encouraged by peers, and be reignited through connection with God. 

Get started with KINDLE Recent Graduates

  1. Apply for KINDLE Recent Graduates
  2. Attend the 4-Day Learning Event where you will pause and process with peers.
  3. Equipped with a personal growth plan, experience a healthier life and faith in Christ.

“I loved that Recent Graduates addressed different aspects of ministry as well as health and wellness. And a great focus on our identity as a baptized and beloved child of God.”

Alex Lillis

2021 Recent Graduates

“The modules were all relevant and very much needed. Also, being able to worship three times a day was amazing! My goal for coming to KINDLE was to be re-energized and I am!”

Madison Aiekens

2021 Recent Graduates

“I understand my role as a 2nd Chair leader more fully and that I can take back what I have learned about that leadership and be more confident in the role God has given me in my congregation.”

Susanna Danner

2023 Recent Graduates


The next event will occur in February 2026, with registration opening in Spring 2025. 


Click on the application link below to complete your application and submit the registration fee.

The registration fee of $875 for KINDLE Recent Graduates covers program, lodging, and meals during the four-day event at the University of St. Mary of the Lake.  Transportation to and from Mundelein is not covered.



The generosity of KINDLE donors underwrites the KINDLE Recent Graduates experience. Even so, KINDLE realizes the registration fee is a challenge for some participants and their congregations. A limited number of grants are available to make this highly beneficial experience accessible to the greatest number of young church workers. Submit a form to apply for these funds.



Apply Now

1.  Complete your registration information here.

Registration deadline: Mid November 2025 for a February 2026 event.
Register early and receive a free resource!

2.  Submit a registration fee of $125 (due with your online registration) online here or by check to KINDLE, 8608 Poplar Bridge Curve, Bloomington, MN 55437.

3.  If needed, please submit this form no to apply for a grant.