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 focusing on the long view.
The Reflective Leadership Grant program offers lay and ordained Christian leaders up to $15,000 to step away from their current work to reflect on accomplishments, broaden perspectives and discern next steps.
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.
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:
The Reflective Leadership Grant program at Leadership Education is a competitive grant program 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, as well as 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.
Grant funds are distributed in January 2019, and funds must be used within 18 months of receipt. All grant funds are awarded to the organization, not to individuals, and the organization is required to serve as fiscal agent for the grant. The organization and the applicant must work within the United States.
The Reflective Leadership Grant program is not intended to be a fellowship program for work toward an academic degree, including the doctor of ministry degree. It is acceptable for some part of the grant activities to involve travel and research. However, if plans are strictly dedicated to work involved in the pursuit of a degree, applicants are advised to find support elsewhere.
All applicants will be notified by Dec. 1, 2018, about whether their applications have been selected. Applicants not selected in 2018 are eligible to reapply in future years.
Please check back in early 2019 for information about the next application process.
Learn more about Leadership Education’s other grant programs.
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