Financial Arrangements

Wabash College, with support from Lilly Endowment Inc., offers this prestigious leadership program without financial cost to the participating pastors or their congregations. A generous grant from Lilly Endowment covers all costs for participants’ lodging, meals, transportation, guest presenters, programming, and all books and materials related to the program.

In addition, each pastor will receive a stipend of $10,000 for full participation in the program, paid in three installments. $1,000 will be paid at the first session of year one (participants have appreciated the timing of this honorarium to cover any additional childcare costs incurred due to the program), $4,000 at the conclusion of year one, and $5,000 at the final session of year two, for full participation in all sessions and study tours of the Wabash Pastoral Leadership Program. Deductions will be made from these stipends for absences, partial participation, or neglecting to complete post-session and study tour evaluations and/or reflections.

Participants will also receive reimbursement for mileage expenses for each campus session.

Congregations of participating pastors will be eligible to request reimbursement for pulpit supply and related mileage for pastors’ absences during study tours.

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The connections I have made with the other participants are priceless. This program not only strengthens and inspires my ministry but it has successfully solved the fundamental problem of loneliness in ministry. I believe the Wabash program creates a totally unique bond between ministers of different denominations and extremely different situations and backgrounds that is almost impossible to find anywhere else. The trust I feel and have with the other participants allows me to have conversations I thought were impossible. Where else would you see a Methodist, a Disciple of Christ, a Church of Christ and an Independent discuss the theology of a building, the role of women in ministry and the purpose of ministry for four hours without anyone getting angry and everyone still being honest?"

Amanda Meade, Jeffersonville, Indiana

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