A Learning Community

Do you care about the church in the world and want to build skills to lead Christian-inspired projects with joy and creativity?

Foundations of Christian Leadership brings together emerging leaders from a variety of faith-based organizations as colleagues in an encouraging and collaborative learning environment.

The program includes two four-day gatherings. Currently we are offering a session via web-conferencing and plan to return to in-person sessions in the future in locations such as Chicago and San Antonio.

Thanks to the generous support of the Lilly Endowment Inc., participants are only responsible for a $150 registration fee and will have the opportunity to apply for a $3,500 grant to support innovative approaches within his or her institution.

Ideal applicants are those who have been in a leadership position in a Christian institution for fewer than five years.

Program Objectives

Participants will…

  • Form a learning community rooted in Christian practices
  • Refine a vision of thriving communities that includes the work of Christian institutions
  • Learn how to assess the context in which they are serving and appropriately plan for the future
  • Hone skills in human resources, administration and theological reflection
  • Explore the concepts of traditioned innovationtransformative leadership and vibrant institutions as the underpinnings of effective Christian leadership

To learn more about the program and whether it's right for you, please use the menu to explore details of this program. You may also nominate a colleague.

Join us!

Foundations of Christian Leadership is offered twice a year in varying locations and currently via web conferencing. We are currently accepting applications for a virtual cohort with San Antonio partners.

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Virtual San Antonio

Join us for Foundations of Christian Leadership via web conferencing with our dedicated partners in San Antonio, Texas.


Chicago, IL

Dates: April 26 - 29, 2021 and September 13 - 16, 2021. More information coming soon.

For Current Participants

Virtual Washington, D.C.

We will hold these sessions with partners who work in the heart of Washington, D.C. Our partners will help us explore key themes of the program, such as traditioned innovation.

Join us!

Apply now to participate in the Foundations of Christian Leadership program

Foundations of Christian Leadership is offered multiple times a year in varying locations.

For Current Participants

San Antonio

Join us for Foundations of Christian Leadership in San Antonio, Texas, where we will hold our sessions on the grounds of the historic Oblate Renewal Center, a ministry of The Oblate School of Theology.

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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