Virginia Clergy Leadership Program

The Clergy Effectiveness Team has received and reviewed the applications for Cohort V (2020). Notification to the selected clergy has been sent and we wish this cohort many blessings on this new journey together. 
This program is rooted in the understanding and practice of leadership in Christ so that clergy will be radically open to the transformational power of God in their lives and their practice of ministry. 
Believing that fruitful clergy leadership is grounded in deep spiritual maturity, participants will be able to: 
• Develop the interpersonal and leadership perspectives and skills to actualize missional potential in their faith community.
• Sharpen vocational competencies in mission, disciple making, and worship leadership and preaching. 

Cohort Selection
All VAUMC clergy who are ordained deacons or elders, associate members, or licensed local pastors who have completed their educations are eligible to apply.  Spaces are limited in this cohort, and selections will be made based on how well the program can meet applicants' stated goals and a balance of experiences within the group.  The Center for Clergy Excellence will also secure your DS's approval of your participation in the cohort.  You are expected to consult with your S/PPRC, if applicable, to secure approval for being in residence on the dates below as a part of this program. 

Cohort V Schedule
Except where noted below, each session begins at 9:30 am on Tuesday and concludes by 3:00 pm on Thursday. Sessions will be held at the Roslyn Conference and Retreat Center in Richmond, VA ( Participation is expected at all sessions for all cohort members.  Please note in your application comments whether you would be unavailable for any part of one of these sessions.
Session 1: Know Thyself, Know Thy People I January 13-16, 2020 (starting Monday at 2pm) 
Session 2: Know Thyself, Know Thy People II March 24-26, 2020 
Session 3: Storytelling I May 19-21, 2020
Session 4: Storytelling II July 28-30, 2020
Session 5: The World is My Parish I September 22-24, 2020
Session 6: The World is My Parish II November 17-19, 2020

Participants are responsible for their travel to and from the cohort gatherings, which can be covered out of clergy's own professional expenses.  Books, lodging, meals and all other cohort costs are covered by the Board of Ordained Ministry through apportionment giving and grants for leadership development from the Center for Congregational Development. 


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10330 Staples Mill Road, Glen Allen, VA 23060
P.O. Box 5606, Glen Allen, VA 23058-5606
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