Cohort groups of four to six pastoral leaders may apply.
The category of pastoral leaders includes ordained clergy serving in a pastoral setting, chaplains, congregational pastors and preachers not required to be ordained but currently serving in full-time ministry, and bi-vocational pastors.
Each member should be engaged in an official capacity for ministry and be in good standing.
Each member should be willing and able to commit to:
Each group consists of not fewer than four and not more than six members. One person serves as the contact person. Each group will determine how needs for leadership, facilitation, reporting, logistics and other matters will be met.
Cohort groups must meet together with regularity during the two year period. Each group will determine the frequency, duration and setting of their meetings. Members need not live in the same geographic area nor be members of the same denomination; neither is that prohibited.
Each cohort must:
Applicants are welcome to consult with Melissa Wiginton, Vice President for Education Beyond the Walls, as they are preparing proposals.
Funds may be used for travel, meals, lodging, books, resources, guest teachers, events, and treats.
Absent exceptional circumstances, proposals will not be awarded which:
How is the award distributed?
Awards will be made for not more than $10,000. A lump sum will not be disbursed. Cohort members will be reimbursed for funds expended. (Complete guidelines will be provided upon acceptance.) In special circumstances, funds can be released to prepay substantial expenses.
What are the timelines?
Deadline for application: May 15, 2019
Awards announced: June 28, 2019
Start date for grants: July 1, 2019
End date for grants: June 30, 2021
What is the selection process?
Each application will be reviewed by a selection panel composed of Austin Seminary faculty, Austin Seminary administrators, and former members of the College of Pastoral Leaders.
Applications will be evaluated in keeping with the criteria set forth in the Application Process section.
Preference will be given to qualified first time applicants.
Consideration will also be given to selecting a class of cohort groups who represent diverse perspectives, races and traditions.
Up to six awards of not more than $10,000 each will be made.
Applicants will be notified through the designated cohort contact person no later than June 28 on the disposition of their application.