Current Cohort Schedule

November 1, 2018

Session One: Adaptive Pastoral Leadership
January 7-9, 2019

Session Two: Community and Pastoral Well-being
March 25-27, 2019

  • Rev. Michael Mather & DeAmon Harges, Broadway United Methodist Church
  • Brad Beaubien, City Planner, Indianapolis
  • Clay Robbins, President, CEO, and Chairman of the Board, Lilly Endowment Inc.
  • David Brooks, New York Times

Session Three: Demography and Immigration
May 13-15, 2019

  • Arthur E. Farnsley II, Center for the Study of Religion and American Culture, IUPUI
  • Lisa Koop, Notre Dame Law School; National Immigrant Justice Center
  • Afshan Z. Paarlberg, Saeed and Little LLP
  • Roberto Rueda, Baptist Student Ministry, University of Texas Rio Grande

Session Four: Indiana’s Changing Economy
August 26-28, 2019

  • Chalmer Thompson, Associate Professor and Program Coordinator of the IUPUI Counseling/Counselor Education Program
  • Mayor Todd Barton and Dale Petrie, City of Crawfordsville, IN
  • David Johnson, Central Indiana Corporate Partnership
  • Melissa Spas, The Lake Institute of Faith and Giving, IUPUI
  • Jason Kloth, founding President & CEO of Ascend Indiana

National Study Tour
October 4-11, 2019

Session Five: Education in Indiana
November 11-13, 2019

  • David Shane, Former Indiana Senior Policy Advisor for Education and Employment
  • Teresa Lubbers, Indiana Higher Education Commissioner
  • Dan Peterson, Cook Group
  • Tina Peterson, Regional Opportunities Initiative
  • Marie Mackintosh, EmployIndy
  • Scott Bess, Purdue Polytechnic High School
  • Marueen Weber, Early Learning Indiana
  • P.J. McGrew, Governor’s Work Force Cabinet
  • Aleesia Johson, Superintendent Indianapolis Public Schools

Session Six: Hunger and Poverty
January 6-8, 2020

  • Nate Lichti, Central Indiana United Way
  • Dave Miner, Bread for the World & Interfaith Network
  • Jeffrey Johnson and Anthony Murdock, Eastern Star Church, Indianapolis

Session Seven: Administering Justice
March 23-25, 2020

Session Eight: Healthcare in Indiana
May 11-13, 2020

Session Nine: Conflict Resolution and Reconciliation
August 24-26, 2020

International Study Tour
October 2-14, 2020

Session Ten: Your Leadership
December 7-9, 2020

Free Resource

How to Engage Your Community's Leaders

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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