PLPL Fellows are pastors who have mastered basic competencies of ministry and are poised to become exceptional pastoral leaders. They will not become subject matter experts on public issues—although their knowledge base will expand—nor will they become adept in strategies for public advocacy or organizing—although action may follow from their learning. PLPL Fellows will, however, be changed in who they are as leaders.
Twelve PLPL Fellows will be selected to form a cohort of pastors from diverse traditions serving in diverse settings within the region between and including San Antonio, Austin and Waco.
PLPL Fellows will meet eight times over a 15-month period. Each session will begin early on Monday afternoon and conclude at the end of the day on Tuesday. Five retreats will be held at Austin Seminary; three retreats will be held in other locations within the region. Additional time commitments are flexible and arranged by Fellows. Food, lodging and the cost of transportation is provided as a benefit of the fellowship.
We believe pastors are called to reflect theologically on current events and public issues in faithfully shaping their ministries. Leaders of Christian faith need to be in relationship with leaders of many spheres of public life. They need to know how to connect the stories of our communities with God’s story. PLPL Fellows are pastors preparing themselves to meet that need.
This work is made possible through a grant from Lilly Endowment.