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Clergy Spiritual Life and Leadership

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Going Deeper

  • Do you wish to deepen your spiritual life and open yourself more fully to God?

  • Do you yearn to lead from your spiritual heart and from a revitalized sense of call?

  • Are you searching for an inspiring faith community of peers?

A serious concern for spiritual life and leadership across all denominational boundaries is re-forming our understanding of personal spiritual life, leadership, and the church. Indeed, we might say that this is an ecumenical movement of the Spirit. Many clergy living in the midst of this climate of change in their personal and church lives are being called to deeper spiritual grounding.


"I have not changed so much as become more deeply and genuinely myself, in relationship to God, in my vocation and in my relationship to my work in the congregation."

Elaine Dent
Class of 2003

Although our other Shalem programs connect with certain dimensions of congregational spiritual leadership and many clergy participate in them, none give the context of the local church as the explicit and shared focus.

Clergy Spiritual Life and Leadership: Going Deeper is for clergy of all denominations and geographic locations who serve on the staffs of local churches or whose ministry involves the local church.

This 18-month Program offers a dedicated time for nurturing one's own soul and for deepening one's contemplative orientation as a congregational spiritual leader. A contemplative attitude encourages immediate openness to God's grace in the shifting situations of daily life and, where called for, freedom to embrace both personal and collective risk-taking. In this sense, contemplative does not refer to a narrow, separate path but rather to an undergirding dimension of the way we live our lives, open-to-the-Spirit-in-the-moment in personal and congregational life. A contemplative orientation provides a steady spiritual foundation for authentic living, vision and action.

 

For more details about the program including at-home work, residency topics, peer groups and other program components, click here to download a brochure.

If you would like to apply for this program, you may contact our offices at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , (301-897-7334), or click here to download an application.