The Fellowship

Twelve Fellows form a PLPL cohort. They are selected from diverse traditions serving in diverse locations within the region between and including San Antonio, Austin, and Waco.

Benefits of Fellowship

  • Increase your knowledge of public issues.
  • Identify actions that are possible.
  • Learn to engage public leaders.
  • Engage effective, well-respected public leaders who are committed to the common good.
  • Deepen your capacity for theological reflection with guidance from Austin Seminary faculty.
  • Develop greater competence for leading your congregation in response to what you learn.
  • Become part of an ecumenical learning community of peer pastors. 
  • Be eligible for funds to meet individually with public leaders, to shadow peers, and to undertake an integrative project in your congregation.

Qualities of PLPL Fellows

  • A clear sense of vocation for ministry and of pastoral identity,
  • A demonstrated investment in growing skills and competencies for ministry,
  • The ability to take perspectives other than her or his own,
  • A readiness for expanded leadership.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Hold a Master of Divinity degree or equivalent,
  • Be ordained or hold the ecclesial equivalent of being credentialed for ministry,
  • Serve a congregation or community in the geographical region marked by Waco, San Antonio and Austin,
  • Have less than fifteen years of pastoral experience, with at least ten or more years remaining to serve in ministry and the community,
  • Be available to attend all intensives and fully commit to participation, including pre-work and local action reports.