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College of Pastoral Leaders Application

The application asks for information from the Cohort as a whole, which includes a proposal for the group's activities to be funded by the award, and from each individual member of the Cohort. All documents must be submitted together no later than May 15, 2015. The 2014 Application is provided here for your information only; the 2015 application will be posted October 1, 2015.

Questions? Contact Gracia Rich, Administrative Assistant to the College, at 512-404-4857 or grich@austinseminary.edu



Section One: Cohort Information

Section One requests your cohort name and description, as well as information about each member. All information in this section must be entered into the online form.  You will have the ability to save and complete this application in multiple sessions. In other words, you may partially complete the form, save it, and return at a later time. When you complete entering your data, you may click the “save for later” button and a link to the form will be sent to the email you enter. You may enter the email address of another cohort member. Or you may have the link sent to yourself and then forward the link to another member of the cohort so that he or she may provide his or her information. When the form is complete, submit as requested.

Below is a sample of information that will be required from each cohort member. If it best to have this information ready when you begin your online application.

Section One: Cohort Information

Working Name for this Cohort

Cohort Contact Person

Cohort Description (50 word limit)

Please provide an informative and compelling statement that conveys who you are, what you propose, and why.

Cohort Member Information 

Prefix/ Full Name

Preferred Name

Date of Birth


Name of Church or Ministry Setting

Position or Title

Home address

Personal e-mail

Work address

Name of church or organization (if applicable)

Work e-mail

Preferred address [home or work]

Home Phone

Work Phone

Cell Phone




High School/ Year graduated


Name of Institution/ Date attened/ Degree received


Name of Institution/ Dates attended / Degree received

Other Education

Name of Institution/ Dates attended/ Degree/Certificate received

Download PDF instructions for:

Section One

Section Two

Section Three

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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.)

II. Proposal

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.

D. Budget

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)



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