Clergy Leadership Academy

The Clergy Leadership Academy (CLA) is a three-year cohort learning experience. It is designed to equip leaders with essential skills and practices for leading in such a time as this. The spiritual landscape is going through huge shifts. This requires new ways of leading and reinvention of what it means to be church. This time is calling forth bold Spirit-led leaders who can shape and lead fearless, Spirit-led congregations into the mission field, offering Christ to all.

The Academy meets in two day sessions, every other month from September to May. Community is built as peers engage in learning, covenant groups and mentoring relationships for 10 days a year over three years. It is a significant commitment of time and energy, and we ask each person to enter into a covenant for their participation. 

The Academy is required for provisional members of the annual conference as a part of your disciplinary requirements for ordination. It is strongly recommended for licensed local pastors or clergy from other denominations in their first three years of pastoral ministry. And it is open by application and recommendation of the district superintendent to anyone who is appointed to a congregation and seeking an intentional leadership development experience.

In 2019-2020 you will be entering Year Two of a rotating three-year cycle of curriculum. Participants may enter in any year, and will begin with the curriculum of that year. Sessions are held at Christ the King Retreat Center in Buffalo, MN. Registration for the 2019-2020 CLA is now closed. Check back in the spring for the 2020-2021 registration.

Dates for CLA in 2019-2020

  • October 10-11  
  • November 7-8                      
  • January 23-24
  • March 5-6
  • April 16-17                                        

The Curriculum

In 2019-2020 you will be entering Year Two of a rotating three-year cycle of curriculum. Participants may enter in any year, and will begin with the curriculum of that year.

Year One: Authentic Spiritual Leadership (2021-22)

  • Clergy Wellbeing:  Flourishing
  • Body of Wisdom:  Physical Wellbeing
  • The Heart of Leadership:  Emotional Intelligence
  • The Mind of a Leader: Thought Leaders
  • The Soul/Spirit of a Leader

Year Two: Leadership Skills for Clergy (2019-2020)

  • Strengths Based Leadership
  • Building your Team(s) & Collaboration
  • Supervising & Managing Others
  • Coaching & Facilitating
  • Conflict Management

Year Three: Creating Systems for Five Fruitful Practices (2020-2021)

  • Systems Thinking & Leading Cultural Change
  • Radical Hospitality
  • Intentional Discipleship
  • Passionate Worship
  • Risk Taking Mission and Service
  • Extravagant Generosity                                  

Mentors and Covenant Groups

If you are in your first three years of pastoral ministry, you will be assigned a mentor, and meet with your mentor group during each session. Your mentor will check in with between sessions and once each year, your mentor will visit you on-site.

If you are an experienced clergy participating in the academy, you will meet with colleagues in a case study group where you can hone your leadership skills.

All participants will be in covenant groups for community building and sharing about your personal and spiritual life.

Experiential Learning Component

(for those in their first three years of pastoral ministry)

Once during your academy experience, we ask for you to choose an experiential learning component from the following:

  • School of Congregational Development
  • Wesley Pilgrimage
  • Holy Land Trip

The Board of Ordained Ministry will provide $1000 towards that experiential learning component.

Register for the 2019-2020 academy

The Clergy Leadership Academy welcomes a new group each fall. Registration for the 2019-2020 CLA is now closed. If you have questions about being part of the next clergy group, e-mail Director of Ministry Development, Jody Thone. Seasoned clergy wishing to participate must have the recommendation of their district superintendent.

Minnesota Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church

122 West Franklin Avenue, Suite 400 Minneapolis, MN 55404

(612) 870-0058