What Participants Can Expect

Program Focus

  • How do we flourish in ministry through these uncertain times?
  • Where can leaders receive guidance in the midst of unprecedented challenges?
  • What opportunities can emerge during moments of crisis?

As faith communities respond to the realities of the coronavirus pandemic, racial inequity, and economic hardship, the Fellowship for Emerging Leaders in Ministry provides leaders with a dynamic platform to spark renewal and transformation for mission-driven faith communities in central New York and beyond. This program is ideal for emerging faith leaders who seek to lead change in their organizations.

We are living at a time when leaders are being called upon to create and sustain opportunity in the midst of unpredictable circumstances. In response to such tremendous need, the Fellowship for Emerging Leaders in Ministry will give particular attention to being grounded in one’s faith tradition, awareness of strengths and opportunities for improvement, and sparking the joy that is found in co-creating change for the sake of developing mission-driven communities. Through an action and reflection cycle, participants will grow both their roots and reach, for the sake of thriving in ministry.

Among other things, participants will acquire a deeper understanding of their own vocation, develop new insights about individual and community change, and foster new relationships with area leaders, professionals, and students.

Program Components

The program delivery model includes:

  • Multiple On-Site Residencies*
  • Peer Coaching and Mentoring
  • Assessments and Workshops
  • Online Modules including Virtual Workshops

All other program study is performed online both within the cohorts and on an individual basis. In addition, Fellows will be supported by coaches and faculty mentors throughout the program.

*Fellows will attend eight overnight residencies in Syracuse, New York, over the course of eight-months. There will be a pre-program online gathering a week before Residency I. More details to come. Accommodations and most meals will be covered by the program. Travel to and from the residencies are at the candidate’s expense.


In-person residences in Syracuse, New York, are intended to serve as intense and immersive 24-hour gatherings combining spiritual reflection, case-studies, lectures, peer discussions, and guest speakers.

  • Welcome Orientation: October 20th, 7:00 – 8:00pm on Zoom
  • Residency I: 4:00pm on November 6 until 4:30pm on November 7, 2022
  • Residency II: 4:00pm on December 4 until 4:30pm on November 5, 2022
  • Residency III: 4:00pm on January 22 until 4:30pm on January 23, 2023
  • Residency IV: 4:00pm on February 12 until 4:30pm on February 13, 2023
  • Residency V: 4:00pm on March 5 until 4:30pm on March 6, 2023
  • Residency VI: 4:00pm on April 2 until 4:30pm on April 3, 2023
  • Closing Retreat: 10:00am on May 4 until 8:00pm on May 6, 2023

Virtual Coaching Circles:

Virtual Coaching Circles will offer fellows an opportunity to grow in community with their cohort and further explore topics through the lens of their peers. In between residencies, Fellows will meet online monthly for 1.5 hours. Session dates and times will be determined during residencies.