Missional Leadership Cohort for Episcopal Priests 2020-21

Leaders in the church face massive challenges on two fronts.  Leaders are challenged with understanding a pluralist culture that no longer supports Christian identity and practice, and  leading faith communities through processes of learning, adaptation and innovation in mission. 

Meaningful engagement with complex challenges like these functions best in communities of peers who mutually encourage, support, challenge and deepen one another, while being held accountable to a disciplined structure of action and reflection under the guidance of experienced mentors and coaches.

The Missional Leadership Cohort is a structured learning community that offers teaching, mentorship and accountability for church leaders in partnership with committed peers and faculty and staff. It offers the promise of intensive, transformational leadership development for a missionary church with flexibility and accommodation for the demands facing full-time, working priests.

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Outcomes


  • Understand more deeply contemporary cultures and the challenges and opportunities they pose to the formation of Christian identity and practice.

  • Gain biblical and theological insight into the triune God’s mission and the church’s missionary identity.

  • Engage key social science literatures in organization and leadership in relation to church life and leadership.
  • Reflect critically on specific missionary challenges of the participants’ contexts.
  • Engage in action/reflection experiments intended to address those challenges.
  • Articulate a renewed understanding of one’s pastoral identity and practice for 21st-century ministry.

Hear from Past Participants


“I wish every priest I know could experience this. [T]his leadership experience is one of the fundamental things the Church needs right now to flourish.”

- 2017-18 participant

Hear more from the 2017-2018 cohort


“This has been the single most important, helpful continuing ed experience of my young career.” 

“I have not been a part of something for the past 13+ years that has impacted my leadership development in the ways this has.”

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Missional Leadership Cohort alums (above) gathered at the General Convention of The Episcopal Church in Austin, Texas. 

The Rev. Jane Johnson (below), Episcopal priest serving in Stevens Point, Wisconsin, describes how her leadership has changed based on her experience in the cohort.


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How Does It Work?


Learning community participants commit to a 12-month training process.

Tracing God’s Movement in Our Lives and Neighborhoods

Learn by Doing: Using Action Learning to Discover God’s Leading

Sharing Our Learning: Intentional Reflections on Our Actions

  • Three in-person gatherings

    There are three in-person gatherings of three days each.

  • Regular video coaching

    Go in-depth with a trusted mentor, without leaving your office.

  • Portfolio

    Learning and growth will be showcased by gathering artifacts over the course of the program.

  • Selected reading and study

    Between retreats and coaching sessions, enter both the biblical text and expert material to discover new paradigms for ministry.

Eligibility 


There are spots for up to twelve participants who can commit to this 12-month learning journey. Candidates from minority groups are strongly encouraged to apply.

The 2020-21 Missional Cohort Program for Episcopal Priests seeks ordained priests who have established basic pastoral competence yet hold promise for outstanding leadership in the church, with a significant time horizon in ministry ahead of them. Cohort candidates will therefore:

  • Possess at least three years of ministry experience following seminary

  • Be willing to take risks—personally and in their contexts—to learn and innovate in mission

  • Commit to participating in three three-day retreats and an estimated average of 2-4 hours/week of experimentation, study, and peer engagement outside of the retreats for the life of the 12-month program

Come prepared to build on your current skills, discover new ones, and to experience a renewal of your pastoral identity and practice.

Cost

Thanks to a generous grant from the Hamilton and Mildred Kellogg Trust the tuition is fully funded for each participant.

Other Costs

Food, lodging and supplies are covered by the grant.

Travel Costs

Participants are responsible for their own travel costs.

Location

Two of three meetings are in the Twin Cities, Minnesota. The third meeting site has not yet been selected.

Schedule

First Gathering

September 28 - October 1, 2020

Twin Cities, Minnesota

Second Gathering

January 11-13, 2021

TBD (some  warm locale)

Third Gathering

April 26-28, 2021


Twin Cities, Minnesota

Meet the Program Leaders


Dwight Zscheile, Ph.D.

Dwight ZScheile, Ph.D.

Episcopal priest and Vice President of Innovation and Associate Professor of Congregational Mission and Leadership at Luther Seminary. His books include People of the Way: Renewing Episcopal Identity (Morehouse 2012); The Agile Church: Spirit-Led Innovation in an Uncertain Age (Church Publishing, 2014); and Participating in God's Mission: A Theological Missiology for the Church in America (with Craig Van Gelder, Eerdmans, 2018).

 

Blair Pogue, D.Min.

Blair Pogue, D. MIN.

Blair Pogue is rector of St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church in St. Paul, Minnesota, an innovative, multicultural congregation focused on helping its members join God in daily life. She previously served rural and suburban congregations in Virginia and is an experienced teacher and mentor of clergy.




Apply to the Missional Leadership Cohort for Episcopal Priests


The online application is due April 30, 2020, and includes:

Tracing God’s Movement in Our Lives and Neighborhoods

Learn by Doing: Using Action Learning to Discover God’s Leading

Sharing Our Learning: Intentional Reflections on Our Actions

  • Discernment questions

  • Current resume or CV

  • 3 professional references