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Clergy Development

Purpose of the Program
Clergy Development is an effort to promote and support lifelong learning. Using Ministerial Education Funds, grants are awarded to cover a portion of the cost of registration, lodging, and meals for learning experiences selected by the Clergy Development Committee. The participant is responsible for travel costs, materials, time, and full participation in the event. 

Application Process
The Learning Experiences brochure is designed to give an overview of agencies and experiences approved for funding through the Clergy Development program. Applicants are welcome to apply for funding toward other learning experiences by submitting additional information with their funding application. 

Learning Experiences Brochure (pdf)
Characteristics of Effective Clergy (Word)
Funding Application for Continuing Education and Clergy Development   
Evaluation of Learning 

Application deadlines for this year:
October 1, 2020 with notification by November 1
January 1, 2021 with notification by February 1
April 1, 2021, with notification by May 1
July 1, 2021 with notification by August 1

For counseling and spiritual-direction services, please also consider the Ministerial Family Counseling Program 

Creating A Culture of Renewal Cohort

Clergy of the VAUMC are invited to participate in Creating A Culture of Renewal Cohort: A three-year process of adaptive leadership development and spiritual formation, this cohort program empowers church leaders and the congregations they serve by interrupting church decline and accelerating church vitality.

There is an Early Bird Registration Discount for all who apply prior to the end of June 30. An informational session will take place on Wednesday, June 1, 1:00 p.m. via zoom:

 A cohort of 8-12 individual leaders journey together through three years (three tracks) of in-depth online learning. Groups can include clergy and laity, as well as District, Conference, Presbytery, Diocese, or Judicatory leaders, or other faith-based leaders.

Click here to view the overview file (pdf)

Registration link

Virginia participants use discount code: VACCR
Questions? Email Jamie Snively at

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