Pastoral Leadership Overview
The Wabash Pastoral Leadership 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 program provides occasions for the pastors to:
- reflect and discuss how they proclaim the gospel effectively in contemporary culture and in their local contexts;
- engage Indiana leaders about the challenges and opportunities in the state, exploring with them resources in Christian thought and practice for ethical analysis and effective response to such challenges and opportunities; and
- be honored for their calling and potential through reflection, renewal, stimulation, and leadership development as they build friendships and relationships across the state.
The Pastoral Leadership Program is funded by the Lilly Endowment.
Why have a leadership program for talented young pastors?
The period from five to ten years in ministry following ordination is one in which professional identity is shaped and the scope and manner of a ministerial career is set. That stage of professional development is marked by accelerated executive programs in business and industry, tenure review in educational institutions and partner reviews in law firms. The needs of leaders in Christian pastoral ministry are unique among the professions and will be best addressed in a specialized program for pastoral leadership. This is the career stage when talented younger pastors are being tapped to take larger responsibilities in their communions and local communities, resulting in many demands upon their talent and leadership abilities. The Wabash Pastoral Leadership Program will assist them in acquiring the skills, knowledge, and contacts to become more effective and respected leaders. The Wabash program will focus directly on pastoral leadership in Indiana grounded in theological analysis and reflection.