Applicants may personally apply or be nominated by their District Superintendents or by the leadership of his or her local congregation. Elders in Full Connection, Deacons, and full-time Local Pastors are eligible. The Admissions Team is searching for church leaders who have a commitment to learning and show evidence of possessing the temperament, character, spiritual gifts, passion, and heart required of Christ-centered spiritual leadership. We seek a diversity of gender, race, and ministry settings, believing that a variety of viewpoints enriches discussion and learning opportunities.
Clergy applicants must select a lay partner (not a paid church staff member) to apply alongside them as equal partners in the journey. Both clergy and laity fill out an application, including responses to essay questions that assist the Admissions Team in understanding more about the applicant’s leadership journey.
The annual tuition for Leadership Fellows is $1000 per team (or $500/person/year).
Participation in the Leadership Fellows program has a significant impact on the local congregation, as the clergy-lay team begins to share and implement what they have learned; and, we believe that church investment in the program is critical. We have found creative ways to work with smaller-budget churches to make these contributions possible. If the tuition is a barrier for you, please reach out and discuss it with us.
Applications are due on the second Monday in September. We accept online or paper applications. Paper applications may be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org or mailed to Center for Leadership Excellence, 700 Waterfield Ridge Place, Garner, NC 27529.