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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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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