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. Also, the clergy member must have the approval to join the program from his or her Pastor (Staff) Parish Relations Committee.
The annual tuition for Leadership Fellows is $500 per person. There is a $100 application fee per team which does not apply towards the annual tuition. You may pursue scholarship funds if available funding is a deterrent to being enrolled.
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.
Download the Application & Recommendation Form