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’s 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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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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