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Virginia Clergy Leadership Program (VCLP)

The Clergy Effectiveness Team is making plans for Cohort VI (2022). Applications are now being accepted through April 1, 2022.

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 VI Schedule
Sessions will be held virtually and 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.

 Topic: “Know Thyself; Know Thy People”

Session 1: in person at Roslyn Retreat Center, July 18-21, 2022
Starts with dinner at 6:00 P.M. on Monday and ends Thursday at 12:30 P.M.

Session 2: August 18, 2022, Zoom*, MBTI and Enneagram, 9:30 A.M. – 3:30 P.M.

Session3: October 6, 2022, Zoom*, Evolution of Culture/Spiral Dynamics, 9:30 A.M. – 3:30 P.M.

Session 4: October 27, 2022, Zoom*, Managing Anxiety as Leaders, Bowen Family Systems Theory for Leaders, 9:30 A.M. – 3:30 P.M.

Topic: “Sharing the Story/How it Changes Us” 

Session 5: in person at Roslyn Retreat Center, November 28-December 1, 2022
Storytelling and Intersecting Faith & Science
Starts with dinner at 6:00 P.M. on Monday and ends Thursday at 12:30 P.M.

Session 6: January 19, 2023, Zoom*, Conversation on Daring to Lead, 9:30 A.M. – 3:30 P.M.

Session 7: February 16, 2023, Zoom*, Conflict Transformation, 9:30 A.M. – 3:30 P.M.

Topic: “The World is Our Parish”

Session 8: March 16, 2023, Zoom*, Confronting our Diversity & Privilege, 9:30 A.M. – 3:30 P.M.

Session 9: April 20, 2023 Unhealed History, Meeting in Richmond but not overnight, time TBD

Session 10: in person, Roslyn Retreat Center, May 22-25, 2023
World Faithless; and Culture and Technology
Starts with dinner at 6:00 P.M. on Monday and ends Thursday at 12:30 P.M.

*Zoom sessions: it is hoped that we can develop some regional groupings that would allow a  few persons to meet together face-to-face while also zooming with the presenter and the whole  group.

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. 

Apply today!

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