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 five on-site residencies in Syracuse, New York, over the course of  six-months. There will be preparation materials distributed a month before the fellowship begins. Participation in the on-campus residencies is a requirement of the program. Please note that a number of residencies require an overnight stay. Accommodations and most meals will be covered by the program. Travel to and from the residencies are at the candidate’s expense.

Pre-Program Preparation:

Fellows should expect to spend 10-15 hours on preliminary writing assignments and readings prior to the start of the program. A syllabus and list of materials will be distributed during the week of September 28, 2020 which is one month before the start of the program (October 26-28, 2020).


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

Residency I – October 26-28, 2020

Residency II – November 30-December 1, 2020

Residency III – January 14-15, 2021

Residency IV – March 22-23, 2021

Residency V – April 29-30, 2021

Online Learning Component:

In order to accommodate the active schedules of all participants, the Fellowship for Emerging Leaders in Ministry will utilize a significant amount of online instruction. The online component of the Fellowship consists of five (5) modules. The course features regular engagement between the faculty and students with brief webinar lectures and small group discussions, via online discussion and video.