Section Two: Cohort Proposal
Section Two is the group’s proposal. Please review “What makes a good proposal?” in the FAQ section of the College of Pastoral Leaders on the Austin Seminary website. A sample application can be viewed here.
Section Two should be submitted as a single MS Word or Word-compatible document by attaching or uploading it in the appropriate section of the Application Form.
If you have difficulty uploading the document, please call Kathy Muenchow at 512-404-4857.
I. General Information
A. State briefly how the members are connected with each other.
B. What are the common hungers or passions that draw you together for this purpose? (We ask that the response to this question come from a discussion among the group and not one person’s vision.)
A. What is your proposal for responding to the common purpose described above? Your response should include a narrative that describes your plans and addresses:
- How will you know whether you have reached your hoped-for learning or changes?
- What would cause you to be deeply disappointed about this effort?
B. Please list books and other resources from which you intend to draw, if any.
C. Provide a Timeline of Project.
Please provide a Budget with brief explanations of assumptions on which the expenses are based. Should your project cost exceed the maximum $10,000 grant, please specify with detail the sources of additional revenue you will use.
A sample Budget Template is provided as a guide.
Section Three: Individual Responses
Section Three asks each member to consider and respond to two questions. You will compile all responses into a single document (MS Word or Word-compatible) to submit with your application. The document should be organized by Responses to Question One (with each reponse labeled by name) and Responses to Question Two. An example of this format can be found here. When the document is complete, upload or attach it in the appropriate box on the application form
If you have difficulty attaching your file, please call Kathy Muenchow at 512-404-4857.
Question 1. Barriers and Inhibitions
The journey of transformation requires more than aspiration; it also requires deep attention to one’s own life. Please reflect on the inhibitions or barriers you face—internal and/or external—to becoming more fully alive to and for your vocation of ministry. In other words, what is it that keeps you from being the person and/or minister you want to be? (No more than 750 words)
Question 2. Hopes and Intentions
As you contemplate a two-year commitment to this community of learning, what intentions do you hold for your personal growth as a whole person—heart, soul, mind, and strength? (No more than 750 words)