The Wabash Pastoral Leadership Program provides early career pastors (generally in their 30s through early 40s) with a rich understanding of public life in Indiana and Christian resources that will help prepare them for major leadership roles in the future.
The goals of the program are to enhance excellence in ministry of a group of talented young pastors in Indiana and to raise the professional and social status of ministry appropriately by expanding their circles of contacts and influence.
The program selects up to sixteen Indiana pastors who in their first five to ten years have demonstrated high potential for significant leadership. They participate in a series of meetings, conversations with outstanding leaders, and two study tours over a two-year period.
The local pastor and congregation is God's best idea for the mending of the entire universe. - Reverend Dr. Peter Storey (influenced by Rev. Daniel Erlander)
Founded at Wabash College in 2008, the Pastoral Leadership Program, has been generously funded by a grant from Lilly Endowment Inc. The grant provides resources that will continue the program through 2020.
Why should I apply?
Here are just a few of the benefits of participating in this Lilly Endowment-funded program:
- There is no cost to the pastor or congregation for this program
- Pastors are invited to Wabash College for ten two-day sessions over two years for engagement in rich dialogue and learning conversations with top civic leaders in the state to discuss the following issues: Adaptive Theory, Community Well-Being, Immigration/Demography, Economics, Education, Hunger/Poverty, Conflict Resolution, Administering Justice, Healthcare in IN, Your Leadership.
- Upon full participation in the program, pastors receive a $10,000 stipend
- Pastors travel on an all-expense paid North American trip during year one, and an all-expense paid international trip during year two
- Pastors form a deep rich cohort of ecumenical colleagues for a lifetime of support and encouragement in ministry, and are invited to an annual reunion in IN for continued learning and peer-relationship building.
Our graduates have gone on to...
- Become Deputy Mayor of Indianapolis, IN while serving in parish ministry. (Rev. Dr. David Hampton)
- Become Equity and Empowerment Coordinator, Evanston IL. (Rev. Dr. Pat Efiom)
- Host Human Trafficking conferences in collaboration with IN local and state agencies
- Coordinate relief efforts after natural disasters in IN
Some of our guests have included...
Leymah Gbowee (2017)
Desmond Tutu (2013)
Rachel Held Evans (2017)
Joel Salatin (2016)
The Wabash Pastoral Leadership Program is open to pastors who...
- Currently serve as pastor of a Christian congregation in Indiana
- Hold an M.Div degree from an accredited seminary (In some cases, pastors who do not hold an M.Div. degree are accepted into the program. Please see application for further details.)
- Are early in their ministry career (generally in their 30s to early 40s; ideally 5-10 years ordained)
- Will not be currently enrolled in a Ph.D program or other degree program during the two years of the program
- Put forth a competitive application, as we accept 14-16 pastors per cohort from a large pool of applications