Application Process

Each cohort of pastors is selected through a competitive application process that is open from January through April every other year. The next application period will begin in January 2020 for the 2021-2022 cohort.

Nominations for outstanding pastors are accepted perpetually but are not a requirement for application.

The online application form requests education and ministry history and seven to nine 500-word essay questions, as well as an opportunity to upload a resume or CV. In addition to the completed online application form, three letters of recommendation are required by the submission deadline:

  • One from a congregational leader (e.g., senior pastor, council president, board chair, moderator)
  • One from a regional leader in applicant’s communion or denomination (e.g., regional minister, district superintendent, synod or presbytery official, bishop)
  • One from a person with whom the applicant has worked closely in some capacity (e.g., seminary professor, senior minister, colleague, mentor, former employer, another lay leader)

Letters are submitted via email directly to the Wabash Pastoral Leadership Program. Download complete instructions and guidelines for writing a letter of recommendation.

Application materials are reviewed by a selection committee comprised of Lilly Endowment staff, program staff, previous program participants, and representatives of Wabash College.

Applicants are notified of their status for the upcoming cohort via postal mail in June.

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My own engagement in the local community has shifted substantially during my participation in the WPLP. My children know their way around city hall as they’ve been dragged to a wide variety of Human Rights Commission, City Council, etc. meetings.  I’ve made phone calls and sent notes of encouragement to the Police Chief, Mayor, etc, which would never have happened before.  I’ve said to my congregation again and again –the WPLP has put me in the presence of so many folks I don’t naturally feel the “right” to interact with, and it’s emboldened me!

Erica Gibson Even, Valparaiso, Indiana

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