Through conversations with fellow Anglicans in many parts of the world, we have consistently heard that the two critical challenges for the church are the formation of leaders for a changing world, and the financial capacity to sustain their ministries. Reflecting on this over a period of discernment, Trinity has identified leadership development as one of its five strategic priorities.
In response to the need to gather, train, and network future leaders for the Church and the world, Trinity has partnered with Church Divinity School of the Pacific and will launch a leadership development initiative. The initiative will include a network, both physical and virtual, with locations and partners around the world that will provide educational resources to build excellence in the current and traditional divinity categories, as well as add substantial learning from other sectors. We expect the initiative, in collaboration with partners, to equip lay and ordained leaders in the Church—and leaders in values-aligned secular organizations—to respond to emerging challenges and work together in dynamic partnerships that honor and activate the ministry of all believers and those who share our values.
Trinity plans to work with partners around the world to establish programs, each of which will focus on a specific area of leadership development supporting three key approaches:
- Gathering emerging clergy and lay leaders;
- Training them to gather and empower spiritual communities to address the challenges of a changing world; and
- Networking them into a global cohort of learning.
Strategy development is in process and will be shared publicly by the summer of 2020. Among the programs under consideration are:
Leadership Innovation in Theological Education: A grant-making program to promote and share innovations in leadership development in theological education. Applicants might be seminaries or divinity schools, but might also be institutions offering other non-degree programs of theological education focused on leadership development.
Prospective applicants should keep the following priorities under consideration:
- Innovation, taking new approaches to leadership development
- Proposals should produce resources that can be shared with a broad community interested in faith and leadership formation, preferably shared digitally
- Proposals must link faith and theological education and mindsets or skills relevant to successful leadership or groups or institutions
- Innovative trainings for emerging leaders linking the inspiration of faith and values with practical leadership skills, to be developed by Trinity and partners from 2021 forward.
- A digital platform for sharing resources and networking, and close programming partnerships with seminaries and other institutes of leadership development. (With content to be developed by the grantmaking program described above.)
- An advisory group of established clergy and academic experts in leadership development, to be managed by Trinity.
We anticipate accepting Letters of Inquiry for Leadership Innovation in Theological Education as part of the Fall grants cycle of 2020. These LOIs are due June 1, 2020. If the LOI is approved, full grant applications will be due July 7, 2020, for awards made in late 2020.