The Fellowship

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

Benefits of Fellowship

PLPL will:

  • Broaden your awareness of public life through exploring
    • the place and function of religion in American life
    • pertinent issues of public life such as criminal justice, environmental concerns, public education, health care and immigration
    • the intersection of public life with dynamics of difference such as race, gender and class
  • Increase your confidence for engaging public life through practices such as
    • establishing local connections
    • interacting with civic leaders and elected officials
    • familiarizing yourself with people and places of policy, advocacy and cultural significance
  • Enhance your capacity for theological reflection at the crossroads of the common good and the Good News through
    • conversation with theologians
    • developing robust public narratives
    • re-interpreting the power of public symbols
  • Gain perspectives on leadership for change through
    • conversation with seasoned practitioners
    • gaining a better understanding of self and context
    • shifting mindsets and growing practical tools

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 generally 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.

Cost of Fellowship

  • The Fellowship is underwritten by a grant from the Lilly Foundation and by Austin Seminary.
  • Fellows are expected to make a contribution toward the cost of the Fellowship program, according to their ability to pay for continuing education.
  • Once admitted to the program, Fellows will self-select their contribution in the amount of $250, $500, or $750.
  • This amount can be paid in a lump sum or in installments over the course of the Fellowship.