What to Expect

What to Expect

A cohort of up to sixteen Indiana pastors are selected to participate in this two-year program that consists of ten two-day sessions on the campus of Wabash College in Crawfordsville, Indiana, and a North American study tour in year one and an international study tour in year two.

Each campus session contains intentionally constructed opportunities for renewal, worship, discussion with leaders about the selected topic, and peer discussion of resources in Christian thought and action for clear ethical analysis and effective response in congregations and communities.

During each campus session, participants stay in one of the eighteen private guest rooms in Trippet Hall and enjoy excellent catered meals served in the Trippet Hall dining room, with occasional outings to favorite local restaurants.

Previous session topics have included

  • Adaptive Pastoral Leadership
  • Community Well-being
  • Demography and Immigration
  • Indiana‚Äôs Changing Economy
  • Education in Indiana
  • Hunger and Poverty
  • Administering Justice
  • Healthcare
  • Conflict Resolution and Reconciliation

This program is provided at no cost to participants or their congregations, thanks to generous funding from Lilly Endowment Inc. Upon full participation, participants receive a $10,000 stipend.

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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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