Reflective Leadership Grants

Reflective Leadership Grants

The Reflective Leadership Grant program offers lay and ordained Christian leaders up to $15,000 to step away from their current work to reflect and focus on the long view.

Leaders must simultaneously manage immediate needs and look ahead to what is coming next. In today’s rapidly changing context, leaders often spend so much time reacting that they don’t have the time or space to “get on the balcony,” stepping away from daily obligations and faithfully plan next steps.

How does your leadership style need to adapt to respond to a changing context?

Each year, up to 20 Reflective Leadership Grants will be awarded to organizations on behalf of a leader who has accomplished significant goals within their work and is ready to design the next chapter. These leaders serve in a range of roles, from project director to senior administrator, and work in a variety of organizations, including denominations, seminaries, church-related colleges, consultancies, congregations, Christian non-profits, Christian social enterprises and others.

Eligibility

Reflective Leadership Grants are awarded after a competitive application process open to any employee of a faith-based charitable organization, which includes denominations, seminaries, church-related colleges, consultancies, congregations, Christian non-profits, Christian social enterprises and others. We are particularly interested in supporting leaders whose work contributes to healing and hope in their communities by strengthening congregations, social services, schools and other organizations.

How to Apply

Successful proposals will describe the applicant’s ministry, what has been accomplished, and why this is a pivotal moment for reflection. Activities for the balcony time might look like:

  • Consulting a subject matter expert
  • Attending an event or conference, particularly events from different fields of inquiry
  • Traveling to observe others doing similar work
  • Stepping out of one’s work for a season to spend time reflecting
  • Paying the cost of a replacement in the organization
  • Providing childcare or senior care so the applicant can be away from home

Applications for 2019 Reflective Leadership Grants will be accepted May 1- Aug. 1, 2019.

The Request for Proposals and other information for submitting an application will be posted in March 2019.

Learn more about Leadership Education’s other grant programs.

2018 Reflective Leadership Grantees

Jeff Biddle

Jeff Biddle

Midian Leadership Project, New Hope Community Church
Charleston, WV

Identifying strategies for a multicultural and justice-oriented sports ministry in a high-trauma environment

Liza Cagua-Koo

Liza Cagua-Koo

Emmanuel Gospel Center
Boston, MA

Discerning a sustainable growth pace from leading women of color working on urban issues & racial justice

Brittany-CaineConley

Brittany Caine-Conley

Congregate Charlottesville
Charlottesville, VA

Creating a public witness ministry for clergy toward faith-rooted justice organization and systemic change

Alexis Carter

Alexis Carter

Phillips Theological Seminary
Tulsa, OK

Exploring practices to increase the number of black women in ministerial leadership while supporting their flourishing

Laurie Day

Laurie Day

Mountain Sky Conference, United Methodist Church
Denver, CO

Developing visionary leadership in a new denominational conference to unite diverse groups in a shared identity

Charisse Gillett

Charisse Gillett

Lexington Theological Seminary
Lexington, KY

Developing new leadership capacities to move a seminary from crisis to innovation and sustainability

Shonda Nicole Gladden

Shonda Nicole Gladden

Indiana Annual Conference of the AME Church, Sacred Soaring South District
Indianapolis, IN

Exploring rituals and practices in the African Methodist Episcopal Church to revitalize the church and neighborhoods

Carolyn-Graham

Carolyn Graham

The Mary Elizabeth House, Inc., A Ministry
Washington, D.C.

Discerning next steps to help teen mothers aging out of the child welfare system become spiritually centered, economically empowered change agents

Kimal James

Kimal James

First United Methodist Church
Marriott-Slaterville, UT

Imagining a financially stable, faith-based assisted living senior community in a rapidly changing context

Greg Jarrell

Greg Jarrell

The QC Family Tree, Inc.
Charlotte, NC

Should an intentional Christian community move with those being displaced by gentrification or reinvent its work?

Eric Lindh

Eric Lindh

Project Transformation National
Dallas, TX

Investigating sustainability models for a mission movement that has grown rapidly from regional to national

Madeline McClenney

Madeline McClenney

Exodus Foundation.org
Charlotte, NC

Right-sizing an economic model for a rapidly growing re-entry mentoring program and national advocacy campaign for ending mass incarceration

Emily McGinley

Emily McGinley

Urban Village Church
Chicago, IL

Exploring how church planters and cross-cultural clergy are innovatively capitalizing on contextual challenges and opportunities

Nurya Parish

Nurya Parish

Plainsong Farm & Ministry
Rockford, MI

Rooting farm-based ministry in racial justice and the rule of St. Benedict for a maturing nonprofit

Michelle Sanchez

Michelle Sanchez

Evangelical Covenant Church
Chicago, IL

Growing in executive, non-anxious and Christ-centered leadership for denominational excellence

Joel Shenk

Joel Shenk

Toledo Mennonite Church
Toledo, OH

Nurturing community partnerships and cultivating peace by turning guns into garden tools through blacksmithing

Tim Soerens

Tim Soerens

Parish Collective
Seattle, WA

Pivoting from a small founding team to a national and international staff with a focus on diversity, entrepreneurial leadership and creative funding models

Stephanie Summers

Stephanie Summers

Center for Public Justice
Washington, D.C.

How does an adaptive CEO open the organization to a broader community?

Cindy Thompson

Cindy Thompson

Boundless Impact
Greensboro, NC

Creating hubs for missional innovation to build thriving communities that are intentionally diverse, inclusive and equitable

Roger and Margery Wolcott

Roger and Margery Wolcott

Constance Abbey, Inc.
Memphis, TN

Revisioning a new monastic residential community toward neighborhood redevelopment with sustainable living support services for our neighbors

Questions We Answer

We know that you grapple with many difficult questions as a Christian leader. We want to help. Complex concerns about ministry can’t be fully addressed here, of course, but we provide a starting point for engaging the deep issues.

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