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 is required for provisional members and strongly recommended for licensed local pastors following your year of on-boarding and orientation. The Academy is also strongly recommended for licensed local pastors or clergy from other denominations in their first three years of pastoral ministry in the Minnesota Annual Conference. Registration 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.

Hear for Jody Thone, director of leadership development, about the CLA experience.

Check out these stories from former CLA students as they describe the impact it had on their lives and ministries:

Clergy Leadership Academy 2022-23

In 2022-2023 the academy met in person four times at various locations across the conference so that we can learn from pastors and churches across our connection. We met online once in January.

Each CLA student will be assigned to a mentor group that will meet during our in-person CLA gatherings.

Registration for 2023-24 will open soon.

Minnesota Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church

122 West Franklin Avenue, Suite 400 Minneapolis, MN 55404

(612) 870-0058