Certificate Programs:
Clergy in Community & Thriving in Ministry

Application Deadline Extended

Apply by Friday, October 4

Leverage your gifts, talents, energies, professional identity, and understanding of vocation as you address the unique challenges faced in today’s ministry contexts.

At-a-Glance

See detailed descriptions of each certificate program below chart.

Clergy in Community

Thriving in Ministry

For:
Early career clergy
Church planters and intentional interim ministers
Commitment:
2-year program
2-year program
What’s Involved:
5 cohort retreats in 2020 and 2021
3 cohort retreats in Winston-Salem and 8 online quarterly meetings in 2020 and 2021
Cost:
All expenses for food, lodging, and travel are provided
Food and lodging provided; $300 travel stipend for each in-person meeting
Certificate Received:
Participants awarded Certificate of Civic Religious Leadership upon completion
Participants awarded Certificate of Advanced Ministry Leadership upon completion
Application Deadline:
Friday, October 4, 2019
Friday, October 4, 2019

 

For more information on these certificate programs:

Rev. Demi “Day” McCoy, M.Div.
Assistant Director of Public Religious Leadership and Community Engagement
p: 336.758.5462
e: mccoyds@nullwfu.edu

Clergy in Community: Certificate of Civic Religious Leadership

Clergy in Community is made possible by the generous support of the Lilly Endowment Inc.’s Early Career Programs.

This program will place promising early-career clergy (5-10 years in ministry) serving congregations in cities and towns throughout North Carolina and adjacent regions of Virginia in sustained conversation with the most notable and effective civic and business leaders in the region around key issues facing this area.

Program Leadership

  • Rev. Dr. Christopher T. Copeland, Associate Professor of the Practice of Spirituality, School of Divinity
  • Rev. Demi “Day” McCoy, Assistant Director of Public Religious Leadership and Community Engagement, School of Divinity
  • Civic, Business, and Community Leaders throughout North Carolina

5 Retreat Meetings

  • January 8-11, 2020
  • May 6-9, 2020
  • October 9-12, 2020
  • January 2021
  • May 2021

Goals and Emphasis

  • Civic Engagement
  • Community
  • Social Justice and Ministry
  • Leadership
  • Locality
  • Collaboration

Cohort Size

  • Maximum of 12

Certificate Information

The Certificate in Civic Religious Leadership seeks to equip clergy with necessary public leadership skills that will enhance their pastoring in their congregation and community. The program explores land, history, people, and patterns of life through place-based congregational and community engagement. The program aims to develop meaningful responses to the persistent challenges facing the “places” where clergy worship and live out their ministerial vocation, in dialogue with civic and business leaders in their locale. Learning opportunities with civic, business, and regional experts on these issues will be paired with opportunities for worship, spiritual renewal, and peer reflection on vocational and professional identity. Through theological reflection and practices of attentiveness, the program will invite clergy participants to imagine how the liturgy, or “the work of the people” is continuous with their ongoing commitment to incarnating resurrection in the public places where they serve and lead.

The goals of our program are to help participants:

  1. Cultivate their own knowledge about and awareness of critical issues in their contexts even as they imagine the constructive and transformative roles congregations can play in responding to those issues;
  2. Build networks of relationship with leaders of business, government, education, health, and social service organizations in order to gather and multiply strengths, avoid duplication of effort, and generate more creative initiatives through collaboration;
  3. Encourage the congregations they lead to throw their energies into such initiatives as mutual learners with other organizations and faith groups, together advocating for the common good and well-being of their communities;
  4. Embody practices of adaptive leadership, responding innovatively to the rapidly changing circumstances they encounter in congregational and community situations;
  5. Integrate their work and commitments as pastors with their work and commitments as civic leaders to the mutual benefit of their congregations and the public square.

As a result of participating in this program, we hope that participants will:

  • have acquired a new level of competency and expertise about the critical challenges and opportunities in their region and about the role churches can play in responding to those issues;
  • have developed connections with civic and business leaders that can lead to continuing collaborative conversations and imagining that will be mutually enhancing for the good of their community;
  • have developed a network of clergy peers who share a common vocation of public religious leadership;
  • have developed new skills and practices for leading congregations to a greater awareness of regional and global critical issues and of their communal calling to bring values of faith to bear on these issues;
  • be better able to articulate the theological groundings for their public leadership and be more confident in their leadership in church and community and have a more integrated understanding of the role of clergy in community leadership.

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Thriving in Ministry: Certificate of Advanced Ministry Leadership

Thriving in Ministry is made possible by the generous support of the Lilly Endowment Inc.’s Thriving in Ministry programs.

This program invites clergy to discern and align their gifts, talents, energies, and professional identity in their current work in ministry and with their broader vocational trajectory by sharing wisdom among specific clergy cohorts and sharpening leadership skills through multiple forms of mentoring. The design of this program is to provide community, enhance ministry leadership skills, offer space for renewal and strengthen authentic identity.

Program Leadership

  • Dr. Chris Gambill, Director of the Center for Congregational Health
  • Rev. Beth Kennett, Consulting and Coaching Ministries Coordinator, Center for Congregational Health
  • Rev. Dr. John E. Senior, Assistant Professor of Practical Theology and Religious Leadership, School of Divinity
  • Rev. Demi “Day” McCoy, Assistant Director of Public Religious Leadership and Community Engagement, School of Divinity

3 Cohort Retreats

  • January 29-31, 2020
  • November 11-13, 2020
  • August 11-13, 2021

8 Online Quarterly Meetings

  • One in each quarter of 2020 and 2021
  • 3-hour duration

Goals and Emphasis

  • Meaning Ministry
  • Discernment
  • Vocation
  • Leadership
  • Spiritual Life
  • Mentoring and Coaching

Cohort Size

  • Maximum of 24

Certificate Information

The Certificate in Advanced Ministry Leadership seeks to support clergy in sharpening a range of leadership and vocational development skills that position them not only to survive but to flourish in a moment of profound change in North American Christianity. The program explores leadership practices that promote everyday happiness, resilience, self-integrity, and thriving in ministry (e.g., leadership style assessment and development, leadership in conflict and across lines of difference, asset-based leadership practices, clergy finance, practices of boundary-making and boundary-keeping, and spiritual development). The program also occasions the sharing of wisdom about specific challenges facing ministers in various career stages. The pedagogy of this program is rooted in multiple forms of mentoring and learning including cohort-based learning with peers, professional coaching, and academic instruction.

The goals of our program are:

  1. To promote meaningful and purposeful ministry by equipping clergy to align their gifts, talents, energies, professional identity, and understanding of vocation with their work, thereby better situating the routine challenges of their profession, including administrative workload, relational demands, and the like;
  2. To invite clergy into an ongoing process of discernment about how their current work in ministry aligns with a awareness of their broader vocational trajectory, and to consider where that trajectory is leading them in future career stages and what it might mean to transition from one career stage to another;
  3. To occasion the sharing of wisdom among clergy cohorts representing a range of career stages, from early to late career, about the work of ministry in particular contexts and settings;
  4. To sharpen a range of leadership skills that promote everyday happiness, resilience, self-integrity, and thriving in ministry, including leadership style assessment and development, leadership in conflict and across lines of difference, asset-based leadership practices, and practices of boundary-making and boundary-keeping, among others;
  5. To strengthen the spiritual life of clergy through an exploration of the spirituality of the Enneagram; approaches to prayer and meditation, and embodied spirituality, among others;
  6. To deepen work on the above goals through multiple forms of mentoring consistent with Bloom’s findings on healthy mentoring relationships, including intergenerational peer mentoring and professional coaching, as well as multiple approaches to peer group processing, together offering a variety of what Bloom calls “backstage” and “offstage” opportunities for pastoral formation; and
  7. To provide opportunities for what Bloom calls “recovery experiences,” i.e., spaces for recreation and constructive detachment from the rigor and routine of ministry work.

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Application Requirements

  • Online Application
  • Contact Information for Two Recommendations (One Clergy, One Laity)

How to Apply

After creating an applicant profile, you will receive an email with a temporary PIN to confirm your account. Once your email has been confirmed using the temporary PIN you will be asked create a password for your application. After setting up your password, you will have access to the application home page. Click “Start New Application, select “Clergy in Community & Thriving in Ministry,” and then “Open Application.” You may return to work on your application over several sessions before submitting.

Create your application.

Important Notes:

You will receive an email confirmation after you have successfully submitted your application. After submitting you will be able to re-enter the online system to review the status of your application and view any important communications (like a decision) when appropriate. You will also be able to edit your recommendations if necessary should you need to update who you ask to provide your clergy and laity recommendation.

To check your application status, simply log back in to the application system using your email and password. You will see the Application Status Page, which contains information about the status of your application materials, including recommendations.

  • Each required item will be marked as received or not received.
  • You will also be notified periodically via email with application updates.

 

Program goals and emphases based on a 2017 study on Flourishing in Ministry: Clergy, Ministry Life and Wellbeing completed by Matt Bloom of the University of Notre Dame, as well as Stages in Ministry by Bloom.